Author: Chris Harlan


Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes scores a touchdown against Bishop McDevitt in the 2021 PIAA Class 4A state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
Defending state champion Aliquippa draws PIAA finals rematch with Bishop McDevitt
December 8, 2022
Aliquippa started a sophomore at quarterback and a freshman at running back in the state finals last season while opponent Bishop McDevitt had a freshman behind center that day.

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Pine-Richland’s Joey Perry celebrates in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, against Cathedral Prep.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Dec. 7, 2022
The PIAA football playoffs are down to 12 teams as the season approaches the final weekend.

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A PIAA boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court at Giant Center in Hershey.
Plans to expand, strengthen PIAA competitive-balance rule rejected by board
December 7, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — Plans to revamp the competitive-balance formula were rejected Wednesday by the PIAA board, meaning only football and basketball teams are still impacted by the rule — and only those that add too many transfers.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher announced an NIL deal Wednesday.
After PIAA approves NIL policy, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher quickly adds 1st deal
MECHANICSBURG — The vote was only a couple of hours old when Laurel Highlands senior Rodney Gallagher announced the first NIL deal for a PIAA athlete.

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PIAA concerned with rising ejection rates among boys soccer players, coaches
December 5, 2022
The PIAA was optimistic that the rising number of player and coach ejections would subside statewide after adding a two-game suspension in 2020 for the most egregious unsportsmanlike acts.

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Westinghouse quarterback Keyshawn Morsillo celebrates as time winds down against Steel Valley during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Westinghouse ends City League’s 25-year wait, tops Steel Valley to reach state finals
December 2, 2022
No City League football team has reached the state finals in 25 years, but Westinghouse is headed there next week.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker and Brandon Banks celebrate after defeating Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Nov. 25 at Acrisure Stadium.
In storied Aliquippa football history, could these Quips show they’re best with another PIAA title?
December 1, 2022
There’s always room to debate which Aliquippa football team was the best in school history.

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Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten watches his team before a game against NA on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten resigns after 18 seasons, 6 WPIAL titles
When Central Catholic football coach Terry Totten officially met with his players one final time Thursday, he showed them the watch on his wrist and told them how it just keeps ticking.

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Pine-Richland offensive lineman Ryan Cory celebrates as the clock ticks down during the Rams’ victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.
Pine-Richland draws PIAA semifinal opponent that rarely passes
The football itself is usually an essential piece of practice equipment, but when Pine-Richland’s scout-team offense took the field this week, coach Jon LeDonne had the group run plays without one.

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Union’s Matt Stanley scores after stripping the ball from Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A championship game Nov. 25 at Acrisure Stadium.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Nov. 29, 2022
November 29, 2022
The favorites remain alive in the state playoffs.

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Imani Christian transfers eligible for basketball season after PIAA overturns WPIAL decisions
November 28, 2022
Imani Christian transfers Robert Sledge and Kylan Holmes are now eligible to play basketball this winter after the PIAA overturned earlier decisions by the WPIAL.

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Pine-Richland defensive back Bryce O’Brien (left) celebrates with teammate Tenner Cunningham after hauling in an interception to secure the Rams’ 21-14 victory over Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Gibsonia.
PIAA announces semifinal sites, times for state football playoffs
November 27, 2022
The Pine-Richland football team has a two-hour bus ride this weekend and Aliquippa has a three-hour trip ahead. That often comes with reaching the state semifinals.

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Westinghouse’s Donte Taylor tackles Farrell’s Brandon Chambers for a loss during their PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Westinghouse shuts down Farrell, sets up PIAA semifinal showdown with WPIAL champion
November 26, 2022
Westinghouse fans have a variety of chants and cheers, but “go defense go” seemed to have a little extra enthusiasm Saturday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes (left) and Arison Walker celebrate with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Central Vallley in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, at Acrisure Stadium.
Aliquippa rolls past Central Valley to capture 19th WPIAL football title
November 25, 2022
Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes landed in the end zone after leaping headfirst over his linemen, but the running back was quickly airborne again when guard Neco Eberhardt celebrated by lifting the sophomore off his feet.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
2022 WPIAL 4A football championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Central Valley
WPIAL Class 4A football championship

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores against East Allegheny on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals.
2022 WPIAL 3A football championship breakdown: Belle Vernon vs. Avonworth
November 24, 2022
WPIAL Class 3A football championship

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins celebrates with lineman Greg Smith after defeating Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
2022 WPIAL 2A football championship breakdown: Steel Valley vs. Beaver Falls
WPIAL Class 2A football championship

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Union quarterback Braylon Thomas throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.
2022 WPIAL A football championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. Union
WPIAL Class A football championship

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Central Valley’s Bret FitzSimmons eludes Aliquippa defenders during their game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Thanksgiving Day practice now annual tradition for WPIAL 4A finalists Central Valley, Aliquippa
How many folks are coming to Thanksgiving dinner? Central Valley’s Bret FitzSimmons expected to eat turkey with around 70 friends.

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Westinghouse senior wide receiver Sincere Smith hauls in a long touchdown pass on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Cupples Stadium.
Trib HSSN High School Football State Rankings for Nov. 22, 2022
November 22, 2022
There’s a new No. 1 team in Class 2A.

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Pine-Richland’s Vasilios Balouris stiff-arms Upper St. Clair’s Ty Lagoni on the way to a second-quarter touchdown during WPIAL Class 5A championship action Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Norwin High School.
PIAA announces quarterfinal sites, times for state football playoffs
November 20, 2022
WPIAL Class 5A champion Pine-Richland will host a state quarterfinal in the PIAA football playoffs this week while 6A winner North Allegheny starts on the road.

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North Allegheny celebrates with the trophy after beating Central Catholic to win the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny shuts out rival Central Catholic in 2nd half to claim 5th WPIAL football title
November 19, 2022
These teams combined for one touchdown when they met eight weeks ago in a low-scoring, field-position battle between WPIAL rivals who leaned mostly on their defenses.

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North Allegheny head coach Dave DeGregorio (right) talks with Baldwin head coach Jeff Ackermann before their WPIAL Class 6A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny basketball teams adjust to early start to season
Starting basketball season a week earlier than usual probably doesn’t excite WPIAL coaches, but the idea of a less-compact regular season maybe does.

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Aliquippa’s Dorius Moreland (12) and Jayace Williams (33) celebrate a turnover in the first half of the Quips’ 42-7 victory over McKeesport in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Nov. 18, 2022, at Memorial stadium in Canonsburg.
‘We are here:’ Aliquippa gets defensive in WPIAL semifinal victory over McKeesport
November 18, 2022
There was no tropical storm or heavy rain.

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North Allegheny’s Khiryn Boyd celebrates after intercepting a pass against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
2022 WPIAL 6A football championship breakdown: North Allegheny vs. Central Catholic
WPIAL Class 6A football championship

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri (25) celebrates a second half touchdown with teammates during their semifinal game against Woodland Hills on Nov. 11, 2022, at Gateway.
2022 WPIAL 5A football championship breakdown: Pine-Richland vs. Upper St. Clair
WPIAL Class 5A football championship

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner scores past Central Catholic’s Daron Smith during the fourth quarter Sept. 23 at West Mifflin.
Program-boosting coaches lead North Allegheny, Central Catholic into WPIAL Class 6A title game
Whether he deserves some credit or blame depends on your perspective, but Art Walker certainly helped set Central Catholic on a path to become a WPIAL powerhouse.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
5 things to watch in Week 12 of high school football
November 17, 2022
Aliquippa is trying to reach the WPIAL football finals for the 15th year in a row, meaning some of the players on the Quips roster weren’t born the last time the team failed to get there.

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McKeesport senior running back Bobbie Boyd streaks down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 win over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
Aliquippa, McKeesport collide again in WPIAL semifinals after 2OT battle last season
For a year, McKeesport has wondered what might’ve been.

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Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak earned his 300th career win Friday night.
5 things we learned in Week 11: Bill Cherpak joins ‘role model’ George Novak in WPIAL’s 300 club
November 13, 2022
Bill Cherpak could’ve succeeded in whatever career path he pursued, says his former high school football coach, recalling how the Steel Valley graduate already was a bright leader in those days.

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Thomas Jefferson captains Jordan Mayer, John Janusek, Peyton Krueger and Ryan Lawry take the field before facing Latrobe in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
WPIAL announces playoff sites for semifinal football games
November 12, 2022
The stadiums of Canon-McMillan and North Allegheny were chosen by the WPIAL to host two of the eight football semifinal matchups scheduled for Friday.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner carries past Mt. Lebanon’s Beckham Dee during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
‘Down and out’ Central Catholic tops Mt. Lebanon to make 4th straight finals trip
November 11, 2022
Central Catholic wideout Peter Gonzalez missed the first three weeks of the season after knee surgery, but quarterback Payton Wehner kept throwing him passes anyway, while he worked his way back to the field.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass under pressure from Seneca Valley’s Lucas Lambert during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic is passing more than ever, yet rainstorm awaits in WPIAL semifinals
There was a new piece of equipment on the field at Central Catholic football practice this week: a five-gallon water jug.

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Thomas Jefferson head coach Bill Cherpak yells to his offense during the Jaguars’ PIAA Class 4A state semifinal against Lempeter-Strasburg Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
5 things to watch in Week 11: Thomas Jefferson’s Bill Cherpak could be 4th WPIAL coach to 300 wins
Twenty-seven years ago, Thomas Jefferson started the 1995 football season with a 15-0 win over Belle Vernon behind a first-year head coach named Bill Cherpak.

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The next round of the WPIAL football playoffs will be played in the rain Friday night.
WPIAL keeps football games on Friday despite rain; Westinghouse now Thursday
November 9, 2022
Don’t forget to bring an umbrella or two.

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WPIAL issues split decisions on 3 Imani Christian basketball transfers
November 8, 2022
The WPIAL cleared Imani Christian transfer Damon Givner to play his sophomore basketball season with the Saints, but two others were ruled ineligible after separate hearings Tuesday in Green Tree.

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WPIAL approves 2 Serra Catholic transfers after eligibility hearing
November 7, 2022
The WPIAL ruled Serra Catholic transfers Matt McNeal and David Jordan fully eligible after the sophomores attended an eligibility hearing Monday in Green Tree.

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Bethel Park’s Austin Caye (24) carries against Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Conn on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL announces sites for Friday’s round of football playoffs
November 5, 2022
The WPIAL chose Canon-McMillan and Gateway to host Class 5A semifinals Friday night.

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Washington’s Nick Blanchette throws a touchdown pass while pressured by Serra Catholic’s Saron Royall on Nov. 4, 2022, at Norwin.
5 things we learned in 1st round of WPIAL football playoffs
The drive home from Burgettstown to Lawrence County takes about an hour, but the Union football team had a slight detour Friday night.

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North Allegheny’s Jackson Pajak finishes the WPIAL Class 3A cross country championship race on Oct. 27.
New cast of characters earns more championship gold for North Allegheny cross country
North Allegheny swept the big-school WPIAL cross country team titles this fall for the fifth year in a row, adding two more banners to a long list of league championships.

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Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman celebrates as the Panthers knock off Gateway, 24-21, on Nov. 4, 2022, at Gateway.
Upper St. Clair stuns Gateway in WPIAL playoffs behind ‘resilient’ QB who’d lost starting job
Upper St. Clair quarterback Julian Dahlem lost his starting job last month and hadn’t attempted a pass in weeks, yet the sophomore threw a season-saving touchdown Friday night.

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Gateway’s Malachi Moore scores against Hempfield during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
5 things to watch in Week 10 of high school football
November 4, 2022
In WPIAL Class 5A, is eight enough?

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown carries the ball during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Upper St. Clair running back with Florida roots hopes to lead Panthers on WPIAL playoff run
An injured ankle had Jamaal Brown sidelined at this time last year, making him an unhappy spectator when Upper St. Clair lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a 2019 practice.
Butler can participate in District 10 football championship after court denies PIAA request
November 3, 2022
The Butler football team will have a chance to win a District 10 championship thanks to a school district victory Thursday in court.

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WPIAL rules Lincoln Park transfers eligible, requests hearings for Imani newcomers
November 2, 2022
The WPIAL cleared Lincoln Park transfers Maddie Syka and Abbi Jannuzi to play girls basketball in the regular season this winter after holding separate eligibility hearings Tuesday in Green Tree.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL purchases building with plans to relocate league office
November 1, 2022
You might say the WPIAL is transferring offices.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ryan Lawry intercepts a pass to end the game against McKeesport on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.
Week 9 surprises loomed large as WPIAL football committee paired brackets
October 30, 2022
Some folks count sheep.

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Clairton coach Wayne Wade reacts during a 2019 game.
‘It’s unfair to our kids,’ says Clairton coach after WPIAL denies home playoff game
October 29, 2022
Wayne Wade was already envisioning one more Friday night in Clairton under the lights and the festivities that accompany a home football game in the WPIAL playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu leads the Tigers onto the field before the start of their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Breaking down the 2022 WPIAL football playoffs
Class 6A

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Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson leaps into the end zone to score against OLSH on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
WPIAL announces 2022 football playoff pairings
Defending WPIAL champions Aliquippa and Bishop Canevin were among the six teams that earned No. 1 seeds for the upcoming football playoffs when brackets were revealed online Saturday on TribLive HSSN.

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler celebrates with coach Daniel Heckert after a pin in the 2022 state girls wrestling tournament on March 13, 2022.
Girls wrestling moves closer to goal of being sanctioned by PIAA
Someday, the state’s best female wrestlers will be crowned PIAA champions at Giant Center in matches held alongside the boys, if advocates for the sport get their wish.

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Steel Valley’s Jesean Wright carries past Sto-Rox’s Drevon Miller-Ross during the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2022 football playoff pairings
The WPIAL football playoff brackets will be revealed at 2 p.m. Saturday on TribLive HSSN. In the meantime, here’s a look at what those brackets might look like, according to HSSN’s Don Rebel and Chris Harlan.

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Aliquippa’s DJ Walker scores on a 92-yard reception against Central Valley on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Freedom Area High School.
Capacity crowd sees Aliquippa defeat rival Central Valley with dominant 3rd quarter
Aliquippa’s DJ Walker saw fans standing rows deep along the fence, heard cheers of a capacity crowd and felt the excitement in the cold, October air.

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Coach Eric Christy and the Butler football team will compete in the District 10 playoffs.
Judge rules Butler football can compete in District 10 playoffs
October 28, 2022
Butler earned its biggest win of the season hours before Friday night’s football game against Latrobe.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz gives Babe Hein five before playing Montour Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Montour High School.
5 things to watch in Week 9 of high school football
Almost everyone has an off year once in a while, yet Mars coach Eric Kasperowicz and North Catholic’s Pat O’Shea have never had a team miss the playoffs in their head coaching careers.

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Central Vallley’s Jackson Tonya tackles Aliquippa’s Nate Lindsey during the second quarter on Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Reigning state champions Aliquippa, Central Valley clash in long-awaited Week 9 finale
October 27, 2022
Two high school communities in Beaver County had Oct. 28 marked on their calendars since late February, when the WPIAL first released this season’s football schedules.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger eludes Pine-Richland defenders during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan forecast 2022 football playoff pairings
October 26, 2022
Bracketology before the playoff field is set is a curious idea.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the 2021 state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Once a critic of PIAA competitive-balance rule, state rep from Beaver County supports overhaul
The PIAA’s plan to remove the transfer criteria from its competitive-balance formula received support Tuesday from a Beaver County legislator who was an outspoken critic of the current rule.

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The Central Valley student section celebrates the Warriors’ first touchdown during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Football fans lining up for coveted Central Valley vs. Aliquippa tickets
October 25, 2022
The hottest ticket in Beaver County isn’t for a British pop star or an 80’s rock band back on tour.

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Apollo-Ridge running back Nick Curci carried the ball 51 times on Friday.
5 things we learned in Week 8 of high school football
October 23, 2022
There were some dark days this fall for the Mohawk football program, but Saturday wasn’t one of them.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jermell Lindsey celebrates his sack against OLSH on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
OLSH loses star QB in warmups; No. 1 Bishop Canevin clinches 1st conference title since ’11
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Nehemiah Azeem is one of the WPIAL’s top passers, but 15 minutes before kickoff, the Chargers found out they wouldn’t have him in the lineup.

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Armstrong’s Ian Olsen celebrates with Connor Jacobs (88) and Jaxson Crissman (6) after his pick-six against Mars during their game on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL high school football rankings: Week ending Oct. 23, 2022
October 22, 2022
WPIAL football rankings

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North Allegheny’s Elysia Smith hits against Freeport on Aug. 29.
North Allegheny volleyball looks to finish job after unprecedented regular season dominance
North Allegheny’s girls volleyball team has won five consecutive state titles, but this year’s roster accomplished a feat none of those teams ever did. They played 16 matches this fall and didn’t lose single set — winning them all 3-0.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner eludes Seneca Valley’s Logan Armstrong during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Jackson.
Central Catholic’s young playmakers lead playoff-clinching win over Seneca Valley
Central Catholic could’ve accepted a penalty for an out-of-bound kickoff and taken the ball at the 35-yard line, but instead told Seneca Valley to re-kick.

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Highlands’ Brayden White is tackled by Kiski’s Brennan Moore before he makes it to the end zone on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at Kiski Area High School.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football
October 21, 2022
It’s hard to be perfect.

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Seneca Valley quarterback Graham Hancox throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at NexTier Stadium.
Preseason WPIAL favorites Central Catholic, Seneca Valley now fighting for playoff lives
October 20, 2022
Seneca Valley and Central Catholic were picked as preseason favorites to meet in the WPIAL Class 6A championship before anyone had played a game.

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Moon head coach Bill Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
9 WPIAL coaches earn statewide award from PIAA
October 18, 2022
Nine WPIAL coaches were name state coaches of the year by the PIAA for the 2021-22 school year.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL board increases to 21 seats with diversity advisory council addition
The WPIAL board has expanded to 21 members with the addition of a seat for a representative from the WPIAL Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council.

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If proposed changes to the PIAA’s competitive-balance rule had been in place last season, successful programs such as the Montour baseball team would have been forced to move up in classification, regardless of the number of transfers on the roster.
PIAA’s reps from WPIAL split on future of competitive-balance rule
October 17, 2022
The WPIAL has three seats on the PIAA board, and its representatives usually vote together, but that didn’t happen when asked about making major changes to the state’s competitive-balance rule.

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The Central Catholic student section cheers on its team during a game last season.
5 things we learned in Week 7: Central Catholic blocked FG touchdown scorer: ‘I heard no whistle’
October 15, 2022
As a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, Anthony Shovlin says he’d accepted the fact that scoring touchdowns wasn’t in his future, but that changed dramatically Friday night.

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Ryan Palmieri (25) and his Pine-Richland teammates moved up a spot in the WPIAL Class 5A rankings.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 16, 2022
WPIAL football rankings

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu (8) celebrates with Daniel Sellers (47) after defeating Central Catholic, 7-3, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny athletic director concerned by changing definition of amateurism
A groundbreaking name, image and likeness policy proposed by the PIAA cleared a second hurdle this month, meaning Pennsylvania high school athletes soon could be eligible to make money from NIL deals this winter.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws a pass under pressure from Mars’ Connor Hartle during their game on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Armstrong High School.
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen capitalizes on Mars’ mistakes in high-scoring Greater Allegheny win
Giving Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen short fields, time to pass and extra possessions is a dangerous combination.

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McKeesport senior Bobbie Boyd (right) returns an interception during the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 19-7 victory over Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
5 things to watch in Week 7 of high school football
October 14, 2022
Football coaches will always say Week 7 isn’t the time for nonconference games, since the playoffs are less than a month away and nobody wants to get hurt now in a “meaningless” game.

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OLSH head coachDonnie Millitzer works with his team during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Youthtowne.
PIAA rule keeps OLSH football team idle Friday night after Avella forfeits
October 13, 2022
Avella doesn’t have enough healthy players available for this week’s football game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, so the Eagles will forfeit the Class A Black Hills Conference contest scheduled for Friday night.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia Catholic League teams no longer block WPIAL’s path to PIAA basketball finals
The marquee matchup of state championship weekend became an all-Philadelphia Catholic League affair when Roman Catholic and Archbishop Wood met in Hershey last winter for the Class 6A boys basketball final.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Narrow vote keeps alive potential overhaul of PIAA competitive-balance rule
October 12, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — The PIAA competitive-balance rule was originally created to measure postseason success and transfers, but that formula could change significantly this winter.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin carries against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
NIL policy for Pa. high school athletes clears 2nd hurdle, could be finalized in December
October 11, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — One of Western Pennsylvania’s largest hospital networks had to revamp an advertising campaign that featured WPIAL athletes after the PIAA pointed out the ads violated its rules.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu celebrates with teammates last month.
5 things we learned in Week 6: Some teams clinching already
October 8, 2022
It’s too early to start mapping playoff scenarios for most WPIAL football teams, but a select few already have won their way in.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Keilly Rush scores a touchdown past Mt. Pleasant’s Lucas Nicotera on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
Trib HSSN football rankings for Oct. 9, 2022
WPIAL football rankings

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North Allegheny’s Nathan Spak (23) celebrates his goal with Matt Irvin during the 2021 PIHL Class 3A Penguins Cup final against Mt. Lebanon at RMU Island Sports Center.
New faces take center ice for perennially powerful North Allegheny hockey program
North Allegheny always had a few familiar names among its top six forwards in recent years, experienced scorers who were there for multiple seasons. Yet, the Tigers are entering a winter of change.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras celebrates his first touchdown with Aidan Currie during their game against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Bethel Park’s offense plays keep away in win over No. 1 Upper St. Clair
October 7, 2022
“The most average line you’ve ever seen.”

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Washington quarterback Davoun Fuse throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Washington.
5 things to watch in Week 6 of high school football
This could be a make-or-break week for some teams with conference title hopes.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair renew rivalry ranked 1st, 2nd in WPIAL Class 5A
October 6, 2022
Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair have combined for a few dramatic regular-season finales in recent years, but WPIAL schedule makers decided there’s no need to wait.

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Beaver’s Liam Gibson works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Beaver.
1st-time winners Beaver, Ligonier Valley among WPIAL Sportsmanship Award recipients
October 5, 2022
First-time winners Beaver and Ligonier Valley were among five schools named Wednesday as recipients of the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Award.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher is tackled by Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux on Sept. 2.
5 things we learned in Week 5: Rodney Gallagher makes history again
October 1, 2022
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher was 0-3 against conference foe Thomas Jefferson, and his Mustangs were outscored 160-3 in the first three years of his high school football career.

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Steel Valley remained on top of the Trib HSSN WPIAL Class 2A rankings.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Oct. 2, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer (left) celebrates with teammates after breaking up a pass in the end zone in the final minute against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny embraces being viewed as underdog, now leads Class 6A
Saying the biggest high school in Western Pennsylvania was overlooked might seem unlikely, but when football season started, North Allegheny’s players didn’t hear much talk about themselves.

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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch throws a touchdown pass during the first quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
Brad Birch leads Gateway to rout of previously unbeaten Hempfield
September 30, 2022
Would anyone have been surprised if Gateway quarterback Brad Birch crashed the halftime homecoming ceremony, took the blue-and-white balloons and named himself Hempfield’s king?

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Franklin Regional head coach Lance Getsy talks with his team during a preseason practice.
5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football
In an ultra-competitive Class 5A, Bethel Park, Hempfield and Upper St. Clair are the only WPIAL teams that haven’t lost to a 5A opponent yet this season — a list that keeps getting shorter.

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WPIAL rules East Allegheny transfer eligible for regular-season football but not playoffs
September 27, 2022
East Allegheny junior Amir Rollins, a transfer from Penn Hills, is allowed to play football in the regular season, but he remains ineligible for the playoffs, the WPIAL ruled Tuesday.

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Mapletown players run after practice on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Mapletown.
5 things we learned in Week 4: WPIAL upstarts winning over their doubters
September 24, 2022
The last time Mapletown started a season 5-0, longtime Maples coach George Messich was in middle school and the team’s quarterback was an older boy who lived next door.

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North Allegheny and quarterback Logan Kushner remained No. 1 in Class 6A.
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North Allegheny’s Jack Bertram finishes third in the Class AAA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Talented sophomores pacing defending PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams
At this time of year, North Allegheny’s cross country team doesn’t talk much about winning championships, even if the boys and girls are both defending state champs.

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North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer (6) celebrates with Kevin O’Donnell after breaking up a pass in the end zone on fourth down in the final minute against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
North Allegheny tops Central Catholic in low-scoring defensive battle
September 23, 2022
North Allegheny’s Campbell Melzer was upset with himself after missing a tackle on a fourth-quarter hitch route that put Central Catholic in scoring position for a late touchdown.

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West Allegheny head coach Dave Schoppe works with his team on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in North Fayette.
5 things to watch in Week 4 of high school football
It wasn’t too long ago that West Allegheny was the team to beat in the Parkway Conference, back before the Indians made the jump to 5A.

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Westinghouse’s Sincere Smith catches a touchdown pass past Allderdice’s Hausan Marshall during their game on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Westinghouse cements itself as City League favorite with 38-7 win over Allderdice
Keyshawn Morsillo threw three touchdowns Thursday night and helped Westinghouse solidified itself as the team to beat in the City League with a 38-7 victory over Allderdice at Cupples Stadium.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Central Catholic, North Allegheny battle for edge in WPIAL’s unpredictable Class 6A
September 22, 2022
After watching the first few weeks, Central Catholic coach Terry Totten suggests a new plan for finding the best team in 6A.

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The student section cheers on Peters Township at the start of Friday’s game against South Fayette.
WPIAL hopes ticket trend continues after topping $2 million in revenue last school year
September 19, 2022
The WPIAL sold more than $2 million in tickets last school year, a jump from recent pre-pandemic days that has the league in solid financial shape.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner (left) works out with Khyrin Boyd during a preseason practice.
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September 17, 2022
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Penn-Trafford’s James Birdsong (11) celebrates with teammates after an interception late in the fourth quarter against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
5 things we learned in Week 3 of high school football
Pick a word: Unpredictable? Competitive? Chaotic?

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North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager, Allison Burns and Sophia Palermo celebrate with Lucia Wells after a Wells goal against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
Despite revamped roster, North Allegheny girls soccer again off to strong start
The North Allegheny girls soccer team had six starting spots open this season, more than half of the lineup, but what the Tigers also had was depth.

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Peters Twp.’s Reston Lehman returns a fumble for a touchdown during the third quarter against South Fayette on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Peters.
Peters Township overcomes 5 turnovers to defeat South Fayette in Allegheny Six opener
September 16, 2022
Peters Township freshman Reston Lehman scored his first two career touchdowns a minute apart Friday night, one to tie and one to take the lead as the Indians defeated South Fayette, 42-28, in an Allegheny Six opener filled with unpredictable moments.

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Peters Twp. quarterback Chris Cibrone throws a pass on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Peters.
1st-year QBs lead Peters Township, South Fayette into Allegheny Six opener
T.J. Plack handed the key for Peters Township’s offense to a first-year starting quarterback and told him to drive.

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Clairton’s Devon Dean-Coles looks on during practice.
5 things to watch in Week 3 of high school football
Ready or not, it’s conference time.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi watches the PIAA Class 2A football state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA puts NIL debate on hold until October
September 14, 2022
A groundbreaking Name, Image and Likeness policy proposed by the PIAA must pass three separate votes to take effect, but that second vote won’t happen this week as initially thought.

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Ellwood City head coach Dan Bradley works with his team on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Ellwood City.
Five things we learned in Week 2: WPIAL’s longest losing streak is over
September 10, 2022
Team captains Aaron Hobel and Brighton Mariacher are fourth-year players on Ellwood City’s football team, yet their senior class never had celebrated a win.

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McKeesport’s Bobby Boyd tries to run out of a Belle Vernon tackle Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Class 4A No. 2 McKeesport defeated Class 3A No. 1 Belle Vernon.
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North Allegheny head boys soccer coach Manuel Montero on the sideline during a game against Butler Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 at North Allegheny High School.
New coach overhauls boys soccer program at ‘University of North Allegheny’
As a soccer coach who’d reached the college ranks, Manuel Montero wasn’t interested in coaching high school soccer again, but North Allegheny’s unofficial nickname intrigued him.

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Penn Hills’ Amir Key scores past Pine-Richland’s Luke Rudolph during their game on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Penn Hills.
Penn Hills’ Amir Key scores 3 times in victory over Pine-Richland and his former coach
September 9, 2022
Jon LeDonne spent five seasons building Penn Hills into a big-play dynamo and saw that explosive energy work against his new team Friday night.

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OLSH quarterback Nehemiah Azeem throws a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at Youthtowne.
What to watch in Week 2: WPIAL’s top passing attack has showdown with Clairton
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart quarterback Nehemiah Azeem has already thrown for almost 700 yards and ranks as the top passer in the WPIAL, but his coach knows what skeptics are probably saying.

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Pine-Richland head coach Jon LeDonne watches his team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Pine.
Conference opener takes Pine-Richland coach Jon LeDonne back to Penn Hills
September 7, 2022
Yuhas-McGinley Stadium holds fond memories for Jon LeDonne, but what kind of welcome will he receive there Friday night when he’s wearing green instead of the home team’s red and gold?

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Shady Side Acdemy’s Peter Kramer scores over Laurel defenders during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Hampton transfer Peter Kramer ineligible for basketball playoffs
September 6, 2022
Hampton transfer Peter Kramer, a standout shooting guard who won a WPIAL basketball title at Shady Side Academy, is ineligible for the playoffs this winter.

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Deer Lakes Aiden Fletcher collides with Burrellճ Chase Fenner and Christian Brancato in the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday Sept 3, 2022.
What we learned in Week 1: New WPIAL approach leads to competitive schedule
September 3, 2022
This was the most competitive Week 1 in recent WPIAL history, but that probably wasn’t a coincidence.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates against Laurel Highlands on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
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North Allegheny’s Carissa Treser spikes against Freeport during a volleyball match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Schedule toughens for 5-time defending PIAA champion North Allegheny girls volleyball team
Section 1 is smaller this season, so the North Allegheny girls volleyball team had to fill some open dates on its schedule.

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins celebrates with lineman Greg Smith after defeating Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins follows big blockers in run-heavy win over Sto-Rox
Cruce Brookins predicts that he and Steel Valley teammate Greg Smith could be crashing into one another on a college field in a year or two.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin takes part in a workout Aug. 8, 2022, at Belle Vernon.
What to watch in Week 1: Laurel Highlands vs. Belle Vernon matches 2 top college recruits
September 2, 2022
Don’t be surprised if a few college coaches make an appearance at Belle Vernon’s football stadium.

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Sto-Rox’s Zay Davis carries past Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli during their game on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Week 1 clash between Sto-Rox, Steel Valley comes 10 months later than they’d hoped
September 1, 2022
Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins watched maybe a few minutes of last year’s WPIAL Class 2A final. Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins couldn’t stomach watching any.

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Mohawk cancels Week 1 football game, Quaker Valley seeks new opponent
August 29, 2022
Mohawk canceled its football game for the second week in a row as authorities investigate hazing allegations involving the team.

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Matt Bonislawski won his head coaching debut with Highlands on Friday.
Five things we learned from Week Zero of WPIAL football
August 27, 2022
When the Woodland Hills defense made a valiant goal-line stand in the fourth quarter Saturday, the result was a win for the Wolverines but also a much-needed win for WPIAL football.

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Gateway’s Roberson Louis-Jeune and Matthew Brooks bring down Mt. Lebanon’s Nathan Sala on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville. The Gators, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, won its opener.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Week ending Aug. 28, 2022
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Gateway quarterback Brad Birch pitches the ball under pressure against Mt. Lebanon on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Monroeville.
Brad Birch perseveres in pressure-packed opener, lifting Gateway past Mt. Lebanon
Fourth-and-20 is a pressure situation no quarterback wants, but Brad Birch knew where the ball needed to go.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
August 26, 2022
Six for six.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
August 25, 2022
Six for six.

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After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
Six for six.

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Kiski Area varsity football players warm up during practice at the stadium Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022.
After 6 years, 6-classification format still has pros, cons for WPIAL football teams
Six for six.

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Upper St. Clair kicker Bennett Henderson watches his first of two field goals against Moon on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the specialists
August 24, 2022
A remarkable WPIAL record is about to turn 20.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his new team on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Mars Athletic Complex .
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
Nearly three dozen WPIAL and City League football teams changed coaches since last season, some involving head coaches who’d spent a decade or more in one place.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 23, 2022
Safety is often the last line of defense, but having a good one can be a weapon for any team.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne Jr. scores during practice Aug. 11 in Collier.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
Western Pennsylvania football was always known for its quarterbacks and linemen, but that’s changed in recent decades.

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Clairton quarterback Capone Jones looks for a receiver during practice.
WPIAL title contender Clairton somehow flying under radar
August 22, 2022
Remember Clairton?

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey celebrates his pick-six during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 49, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson is certainly one of the best linebackers in Western Pennsylvania. He’s one of the best in the country. But the Penn State recruit is still recovering from knee surgery, so there’s a good chance he won’t play his senior year.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer celebrates a tackle for loss against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 21, 2022
The athletes who play defensive line are maybe the most varied of any group in high school football.

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Gateway’s Brad Birch looks to throw during a preseason practice last year.
WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Gateway among teams trying to squeeze into tight playoff field
August 20, 2022
Earning a WPIAL playoff spot in Class 5A was never easy, but the task becomes a little harder this year.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Kade Capristo works out with linemates during practice on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, in Mt. Lebanon.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive line
August 19, 2022
High school football teams deploy a variety of offensive schemes, from no-huddle spreads to the wing-T.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner works out on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Ohio Twp.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 18, 2022
The storied history of WPIAL football often focuses on its legendary quarterbacks and, more recently, a string of standout defensive backs.

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Central Catholic’s Peter Gonzalez catches a pass before the Vikings game against North Allegheny on Sept. 24, 2021, in McCandless.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 17, 2022
How’s this for a good quarterback-receiver combination?

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 16, 2022
Take a look at the WPIAL rushing leaders from last season and you’ll notice four state champions.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during the Willie Thrower quarterbacks camp Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Valley High School.
2022 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
The race for the 2021 WPIAL passing title was a three-way battle between Gateway’s Brad Birch, Beaver Falls’ Jaren Brickner and Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen.

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Mt. Lebanon football players carry the WPIAL trophy around Norwin’s stadium after their win in the WPIAL Class 6A final Nov. 20, 2021.
WPIAL reveals fall championship sites: football finals at Acrisure Stadium, Norwin
August 15, 2022
The WPIAL has chosen Norwin to host the Class 5A and 6A football finals, the two championship games that won’t be played at Acrisure Stadium this year.

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Mars’ Jack Hull works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Adams.
Mars slowly but surely acclimating to coach Eric Kasperowicz’s system
August 14, 2022
A new coach, a new quarterback and a new playbook.

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Central Valley’s Brett FitzSimmons takes a hand-off from Steve Rutherford during practice on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
With 3rd straight WPIAL title secured, Central Valley’s goals don’t change
August 13, 2022
The Heinz Field clock was ticking down last fall on Central Valley’s third consecutive WPIAL title when coach Mark Lyons was approached by longtime assistant Shawn McCreary.

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Aliquippa’s Marques Council Jr. works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Aliquippa.
Expectations soar as defending state champ Aliquippa brings back loaded roster
After winning WPIAL and state championships, expectations couldn’t be any higher for an Aliquippa football team that brings almost everyone back.

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Woodland Hills lineman Kellen McDonough works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, at the Wolvarena.
Woodland Hills still running with the big dogs in Class 5A
August 12, 2022
Woodland Hills could’ve dropped down two classifications this season because of a statewide change in how enrollment numbers are counted, but the Wolverines declined.

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Gateway’s offensive lineman Matt Brooks leads teammates in a huddle during team practice on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at Gateway Senior High School.
Bolstered by improved offensive line, Gateway builds confidence for run at WPIAL title
August 11, 2022
Gateway’s offensive line was pushed around at times last season by some of the best defensive fronts in the WPIAL, but the Gators say they’re ready to bite back.

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South Fayette’s Nate Deanes carries the ball during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in South Fayette.
South Fayette looks to turn hard-luck losses into conference wins
August 10, 2022
There was a zero in the wins column, but South Fayette’s conference record didn’t tell the entire story.

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Peters Township receiver Brendan McCullough catches a pass on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Peters.
Short on seniors, Peters Township looks for next wave to take over
Senior night promises to be a short affair at Peters Township.

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Mars head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with Rafael Bartley on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Mars Athletic Complex .
New football coach Eric Kasperowicz wants to repeat Pine-Richland success at Mars
August 8, 2022
Last names were written on strips of tape and stuck to the forehead of Mars football helmets, a tool to help new coach Eric Kasperowicz and his assistants learn the names a little quicker.

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Chapman Field at Cumberland Valley High School
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Cumberland Valley out to show it’s the right site (at the right price) for PIAA finals
August 4, 2022
When the PIAA awarded the state football championships to Cumberland Valley, the sudden exit from Hersheypark Stadium caught most by surprise.

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WPIAL rules Thomas Jefferson QB ineligible, approves 2 South Fayette transfers
August 1, 2022
Thomas Jefferson quarterback Luke Kosko, a transfer from Seton LaSalle, was ruled ineligible for the upcoming football season after a hearing Monday with the WPIAL board.

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Former WPIAL director organizes P3R youth track event at RMU Island Sports Center
Put away the stopwatches.

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Seneca Valley’s Chris D’Appolonia has committed to Toledo.
Summer camp success has Seneca Valley linebacker Chris D’Appolonia committed to ‘dream school’
July 31, 2022
A broken hand sidelined Seneca Valley linebacker Chris D’Appolonia for a couple of weeks last season and limited his game film, so he was determined this summer to show recruiters his full potential.

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Brashear’s Kameron Cheatom plays against Allderdice on Oct. 21, 2021, at Cupples Stadium.
As Brashear’s other D1 linebacker, Kameron Cheatom ready to make a name for himself
July 28, 2022
On many other football teams, Kameron Cheatom would be the most talked about player on the roster. At Brashear, that title rightfully belongs to teammate Ta’Mere Robinson, the top-ranked recruit in Pennsylvania.

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Aliquippa’s Antonyo “Sunny” Anderson watches from the sideline during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL approves extra year of eligibility for Aliquippa athlete injured in shooting
July 25, 2022
The WPIAL approved an extra year of eligibility for Aliquippa’s Antonyo “Sunny” Anderson, a multi-sport athlete who was seriously injured in a shooting 14 months ago.

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Ayden Owens-Delerme competes in the decathlon javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Former North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens-Delerme finishes 4th at World Championships
Since his days running track at North Allegheny, Ayden Owens-Delerme has talked about winning world titles and Olympic medals. This weekend, the NCAA champion decathlete made his World Championships debut and proved those dreams aren’t too far off.

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WPIAL president Scott Seltzer at the 2022 PIAA basketball state championships in Hershey.
Q&A with new WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer
July 24, 2022
Scott Seltzer had decided his time with the WPIAL was ending this summer after 13 years on the board and six as board president.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL administrator: High school NIL deals could lead to manipulation
July 19, 2022
Name, Image and Likeness deals could improve the lives of some high school athletes, but there’s also real concern about manipulation by misguided adults, says the WPIAL’s top administrator.

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Queens University pitcher Tanner Jacobson, an Allderdice graduate, was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis Cardinals draft former Allderdice pitcher Tanner Jacobson in 10th round
Allderdice graduate Tanner Jacobson on Monday became the first player in the short history of Queens University baseball to be picked in the MLB Draft.

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Cam Weston pitches for Michigan against Texas Tech on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
Baltimore Orioles draft former Canon-McMillan pitcher Cameron Weston
July 18, 2022
Former Canon-McMillan star Cameron Weston, who helped win WPIAL and PIAA baseball titles in 2018, was selected Monday in the eighth round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is the sixth WPIAL player in eight years picked in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Seattle Mariners select North Allegheny’s Cole Young in 1st round of MLB Draft
July 17, 2022
Cole Young was introduced to the baseball world as an MLB Pitch, Hit & Run winner in 2014, hinting then that the 10-year-old from Franklin Park might have a bright future ahead.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens-Delerme, an NCAA champion decathlete, will compete in the World Athletics Championships on July 23-24 in Eugene, Ore.
Amazing year for North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens-Delerme continues at World Championships
July 16, 2022
Ayden Owens-Delerme appears nowadays on TV commercials in Arkansas for a local hospital system, but the recent NCAA decathlon champion is ready to take his track talents global.

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The Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team poses for a photo on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Kennywood.
TribLive HSSN Preseason Football All-Stars gather, excited for fresh faces
July 15, 2022
Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen is a three-year starter, but like many football players across the WPIAL, the senior has a little sense of unfamiliarity heading into the fall.

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Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson committed to Penn State on Friday at Willie Stargell Field in Homewood.
Brashear linebacker Ta’Mere Robinson chooses Penn State after Nittany Lions ‘stuck with me’
While on his official visit to Penn State, Ta’Mere Robinson had dinner with other recruits and each was asked to stand and introduce himself. Caught up in the moment, the Brashear senior admits he nearly got carried away.

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The PIAA may expand its competitive-balance rule to include all team sports.
PIAA may strengthen competitive-balance rule by adding all team sports, removing transfers
July 14, 2022
The PIAA appears ready to rewrite its competitive-balance rule to include all team sports while also making it easier to force successful teams into a higher classification.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young is projected to go in the first round of the MLB Draft.
MLB Draft ‘starting to feel real’ for North Allegheny’s Cole Young
Rather than fly to Los Angeles, Cole Young will spend Sunday closer to home, watching the MLB Draft on television, maybe from his house in Franklin Park. The recent North Allegheny graduate was invited to attend draft festivities on the West Coast, but the likely first-round pick wasn’t lured by the bright lights.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA moves closer to allowing NIL deals for high school athletes
July 13, 2022
Local TV commercials might feature high school football players or a popular basketball star could sell ads on social media.

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Central Valley coach Mark Lyons celebrates with his team while receiving the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North C atholic in Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
No more ‘Highway to Heinz,’ but WPIAL plans to hold 4 football finals at Acrisure Stadium
July 11, 2022
The WPIAL football playoffs no longer can be called the “Highway to Heinz,” but the league plans to use the newly named North Shore stadium again this fall for some of its high school football championships.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan Schall gives instructions next to his son, Caleb, during their game against Seneca Valley on April 22.
16-time WPIAL champion boys volleyball coach Dan Schall steps down at North Allegheny
July 9, 2022
Walking away from a defending state champion can be a tough call for a coach, but North Allegheny’s Dan Schall found it “maybe a bit easier” after winning four in a row the way his Tigers just did.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes scores his second touchdown of the fourth quarter past Bishop McDevitt’s Ryan Russo during the PIAA Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes
July 5, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger looks to throw during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Penn Hills High School.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger
July 4, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan celebrates after the Foxes scored late in the fourth quarter against Central Catholic on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan named 2021-22 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year
As Eli Yofan celebrated on the 18th green at Cedarbrook Golf Course last fall, a thought unrelated to golf came into his head. He’d just shot a 1-under par round, leading Fox Chapel to a WPIAL team title, but his mind was already on winter.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN top storylines from the 2021-22 school year
July 2, 2022
Nov. 19-20, 2021

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws during 7 on 7 completion on July 7, 2021 at Freeport Area High School.
Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen commits to Ivy League school
July 1, 2022
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen, a dual-threat quarterback and one of the WPIAL’s top passers, committed Friday to Penn.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown during the PIAA Class 4A championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List delivers against Elizabeth-Forward during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
Beaver’s Payton List, Mt. Lebanon’s Deirdre Flaherty top all-state softball awards
June 30, 2022
Mt. Lebanon catcher Deirdre Flaherty and Beaver pitcher Payton List topped the list of players earning all-state honors Thursday from the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher talks with Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock after the coin toss before a game last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher
June 29, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski is mobbed by teammates after the final out in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
2022 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Bethel Park’s Evan Holewinski
June 27, 2022
2022 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye delivers against Frazier during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
2022 TribLive HSSN Softball All-Stars
June 26, 2022
In WPIAL softball, there’s no requirement for underclassmen to wait their turn.

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Peters Twp.’s Sam Miller celebrates as he scores the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Penn-Trafford in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
This was a good year around the WPIAL for dominant pitchers and slick-fielding shortstops.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu smiles during practice in McCandless.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu
June 24, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski is mobbed by teammates after the final out in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
Evan Holewinski pitches 3-hitter, Bethel Park wins back-to-back PIAA titles
June 17, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — Rarely does a WPIAL baseball team have a chance to win consecutive state titles, so Bethel Park tried to remember and repeat everything that worked a year ago.

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Montour seniors Mason Sike and Ryan Gallagher accept the state championship trophy after defeating Holy Ghost, 10-9, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Penn State.
7th-inning rally lifts Montour baseball to 1st state championship
June 16, 2022
UNIVERSITY PARK — This was a scene Montour senior Ryan Gallagher and his teammates had thought about for years, one where they’re together at Penn State celebrating a state baseball championship on the infield grass.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings and North Catholic’s Matt Gregor watch a shot during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against North Catholic on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
WPIAL notebook: Class 4A boys basketball crowded with champions after realignment
June 13, 2022
Lincoln Park and North Catholic have met in the WPIAL boys basketball finals four times in the past six seasons, but they won’t wait that long to face one another again.

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The Bishop Canevin boys basketball team celebrates with the WPIAL Class A championship trophy in March.
WPIAL approves new basketball sections without addressing public-private concerns
The WPIAL considered some radical ideas such as splitting public and private school basketball teams into separate sections, but ultimately decided that’s a debate for another day.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer scores past Gateway’s Carsen Engleka during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer commits to Wisconsin
About two months after restarting his recruiting process, Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer committed Sunday to Wisconsin.

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North Allegheny’s Caleb Schall listens to instructions from his dad, coach Dan Schall, against Seneca Valley in April.
Schalls share final memorable season with North Allegheny boys volleyball
June 11, 2022
Caleb Schall comes from a family where his parents and two uncles played college volleyball, his grandfather won state volleyball titles as a high school coach and his dad now leads powerhouse North Allegheny.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Dorn finishes a kill shot past Seneca Valley’s Aidan Uher in the WPIAL Class 3A boys championship May 25.
North Allegheny boys volleyball draws PIAA championship rematch with Central Dauphin
June 10, 2022
Some things seem to never change.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski (15) is mobbed by teammates after defeating West Allegheny in their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday at W&J.
Bethel Park eliminates West Allegheny, keeps alive hopes for PIAA championship repeat
June 9, 2022
Bethel Park has seen this story before: The baseball team comes up short in the WPIAL playoffs only to bounce back stronger in the state tournament behind a talented pitcher recruited to Kent State.

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Cumberland Valley’s Logan Sauve scores on a wild pitch past Mt. Lebanon pitcher David Shields during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game on Monday at West Mifflin.
Don’t blame ‘WPIAL hangover’ for this PIAA 1st-round loss, says Mt. Lebanon coach
June 6, 2022
The Mt. Lebanon baseball team was on the practice field for a rare early-morning, split-squad scrimmage Saturday, just a few days after winning the WPIAL title. The Blue Devils had six days to get ready for their state playoff opener and tried to use them to their fullest.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay carries the WPIAL championship trophy through the handshake line after the Class 2A final against Frazier on Friday at Cal (Pa.).
Neshannock tops Frazier in WPIAL championship clash of undefeated 2A teams
June 3, 2022
Whenever a Neshannock batter stepped into the Lilley Field batter’s box Friday, a peculiar shout sometimes came from the dugout: Smile.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List celebrates a strikeout with Kayla Cornell during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against Freeport on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Mars.
WPIAL postpones Thursday softball championship games to Friday
June 2, 2022
The WPIAL took a look at the weather forecast and decided to postpone its three softball finals from Thursday to Friday.

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West Allegheny’s Anthony Raineri celebrates after driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning against Peters Twp. during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
West Allegheny outlasts Peters Township to win school’s 5th WPIAL championship
June 1, 2022
Not much has come easy this season for West Allegheny, a team that battled through injuries and plenty of inconvenience to reach Wild Things Park.

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Mt. Lebanon pitcher Jack Smith hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Upper St. Clair, 2-1, in the Class 6A final on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
Mt. Lebanon squeezes past Upper St. Clair for 1st WPIAL title since 2006
May 31, 2022
Mt. Lebanon waited 16 years for this celebration, so another hour and a half didn’t matter.

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New Castle’s Maria Owens won the long jump at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
New Castle’s Maria Owens turns triple jump frustration into PIAA long jump gold
May 29, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — New Castle senior Maria Owens was upset with herself a day earlier after a 17th-place finish in the triple jump, disappointed largely by a foul on a big jump.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran flashes as three with her right hand after winning the PIAA 3A girls 800m. She was the first to win the 800m, 1600m and the 3200m runs at the state track meet Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran wins unprecedented ‘triple’ at PIAA championships, celebrates team title alone
May 28, 2022
Moon Area’s Mia Cochran admits the competitor in her likes a challenge, but she hasn’t found many on the track recently.

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Eden Christian’s Sean Atkins won the PIAA Class 2A 3,200-meter run Saturday, May 28, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
WPIAL runners sweep 3,200-meter races at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Eden Christian’s Sean Aiken attempted the 3,200 meters for the first time a couple of months ago, and he really didn’t like running nearly two miles.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy is shoulder to shoulder with Schuylkill Valley’s Luke Seymour after the first lap of the 800 meters at the PIAA Class 2A championship.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy celebrates another come-from-behind win at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Carson McCoy apologized after his latest come-from-behind victory, knowing he’d just ruthlessly dashed the hopes of the same opponent for the third time.

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Shenango’s Emma Callahan ties the PIAA Class 2A championship record with a winning throw in the girls shot put Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Shenango thrower Emma Callahan ties shot put record at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — The target distance on Shenango thrower Emma Callahan’s mind was 50 feet, 10¾ inches, which was the state championship record for girls shot put in Class 2A.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran runs away from the competition and defends her 1,600-meter title at the PIAA Class 3A championship Friday, May 27, 2022, at Shippensburg University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran wins 1,600 meters, wants 2 more golds at busy PIAA championship
May 27, 2022
SHIPPENSBURG — After defending her state 1,600-meter title Friday morning, Moon’s Mia Cochran revealed the top item on her afternoon agenda.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy defends his Class 2A state title in the 1,600 meters at the PIAA track championship Friday, May 27, 2022 at Shippensburg University.
Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy defends 1,600-meter title at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Carson McCoy maybe isn’t a front runner, yet the Deer Lakes senior usually crosses the finish line first.

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Shenango’s Emma Callahan swept the discus and shot put at the WPIAL Class 2A championships May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
As Emma Callahan chases shot put records, spotlight shines on Shenango’s success
May 26, 2022
From Emma Callahan’s view, she’d just set a WPIAL championship record, but the Shenango shot putter also knew it’s hard to see from the circle.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher commits to play football at West Virginia
May 25, 2022
Keeping his family close was important to Rodney Gallagher, so he did what countless other Western Pennsylvania football recruits have done and committed to his hometown team.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Bethel Park hires former WPIAL basketball star Dante Calabria as boys coach
Dante Calabria, a former WPIAL basketball star who won a national championship at North Carolina, was hired Tuesday as boys coach at Bethel Park.

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No. 1 Mt. Lebanon breaks ‘curse’ with quarterfinal win over Seneca Valley
May 23, 2022
A seventh-inning curveball glanced off Mt. Lebanon catcher Paul Connolly’s mitt and rolled away, causing a moment of panic since there was a runner on third and a one-run lead.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Rudolph brings it home for the win in the boys Class 3A 400-meter relay during the WPIAL track and field championships Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
Pine-Richland relay sprints to school record, WPIAL gold medal
May 22, 2022
Luke Rudolph insisted he’s not as fast as the relay runner he replaced, but the results say otherwise.

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North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall wins the boys 100-meter dash during WPIAL Class 2A track and field championship Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Slippery Rock University.
North Catholic sprinter Trevor Paschall’s season in question after WPIAL championship injury
May 19, 2022
North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall is usually sprinting around the WPIAL track championships faster than most anybody, but Wednesday he accepted help from a teammate just to walk.

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Moon Area’s Mia Cochran wins the girls 1,600 meters during WPIAL Class 3A track and field championship Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Slippery Rock University.
Moon’s Mia Cochran adding to track legacy by winning 3 WPIAL individual titles
May 18, 2022
What more could Mia Cochran have to prove?

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler passes the baton to sister Robin Kucler in the girls 3,200-meter relay during the WPIAL Class 3A team track and field championships Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Life journey of North Allegheny runners Wren and Robin Kucler covers thousands of miles
As an 8-year-old, Wren Kucler told her mom she wanted to run around the house 100 times. That’s a lot of running for a little girl, but her mom Deanna saw no reason to discourage her, so she said, “Go ahead. Knock yourself out.”

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South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer celebrates his RBI triple during a WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday at Burkett Park.
South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer dazzles Franklin Regional with 5-inning perfect game
This outing was perfect for South Fayette pitcher Tyler Pitzer in more ways than one.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL hires chief operating officer to ease workload of executive director
May 16, 2022
The role of the WPIAL executive director has changed over the years, with social media bringing more and more issues to the league’s attention, said outgoing director Amy Scheuneman.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young bats against Central Catholic on April 22.
WPIAL baseball playoff bracket breakdown
May 13, 2022
Favorite: Mt. Lebanon could win its first WPIAL baseball title since 2006. The Blue Devils started this season 1-4 before finding their stride in section play behind OF Tanner Donati (.435, 20 RBIs, 12 extra-base hits). They’ve won 10 of their past 12 games, including a 2-1 victory over North Allegheny. Seniors Derrick Shields and Jack Smith combined are 7-1 with 89 Ks in 61 innings. Shields is an IUP recruit and Smith is headed to Harvard.

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Montour’s Nick Walker rounds the bases on a 3-run triple against Quaker Valley on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Burkett Field in Robinson.
WPIAL announces 2022 baseball playoff brackets
Montour hasn’t won a WPIAL baseball title in 50 years, but the Spartans will start this year’s playoffs as the favorites in Class 4A.

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Armstrong’s Jenna Clontz is greeted at home plate by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Murrysville.
Defending champions Beaver, West Greene among No. 1 seeds in WPIAL softball playoffs
May 12, 2022
Two undefeated teams. Two more strong section champions. A defending WPIAL champion with only three losses.

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WPIAL reveals brackets for boys, girls lacrosse playoffs
The defending champion Mars boys and Shady Side Academy girls were among the four teams that earned top seeds in the WPIAL lacrosse playoff brackets revealed Thursday.

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Butler’s Presley Ornelas wins the boys 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL Class 3A team track and field championships on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Butler boys dominate field, win WPIAL Class 3A team track title
May 11, 2022
The Butler boys arrived at the WPIAL team championships with a mission: eliminate any suspense about who might be the winner.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Tim McConnell yells from the bench during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Tim McConnell accepts Bishop Canevin job after resigning as Chartiers Valley coach
Tim McConnell had walked into Chartiers Valley’s gym countless times, but the longtime basketball coach felt somewhat sentimental when he entered Tuesday morning.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past Lincoln Park’s DeAndre Moye during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero commits to play basketball at Kentucky
May 8, 2022
Quaker Valley senior Adou Thiero committed Sunday to play basketball for Kentucky and coach John Calipari, who also coached Thiero’s father at Memphis in the early 2000s.

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Butler’s Devin Carney scores past Pine-Richland’s Luke Shanahan (left) and Jameson O’Toole during their game on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Pine.
WPIAL trio earns all-state honors in Class 6A boys basketball
The PIAA’s largest boys basketball classification is often dominated by Eastern Pennsylvania teams, but three WPIAL players made the all-state team for Class 6A.

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WPGAL founder Ruth Ann Burke will be inducted into the WPIAL hall of fame as part of the Class of 2022. It was announced Jan. 19, 2022, at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in the Strip District.
WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee Burke blazed trail for women’s sports in Western Pennsylvania
May 7, 2022
The WPIAL has been around for more than 100 years, but the organization was exclusively for boys until Ruth Ann Burke and some like-minded colleagues insisted that must change.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Jacob McGuire delivers against North Allegheny on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in McCandless.
TribHSSN baseball rankings for May 8, 2022
Class 6A

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Burrell’s Bray Jones scores the only run of the game ahead of Freeport’s Sydney Selker in the fourth inning Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Charles A. Huston Middle School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending May 8, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny pitcher Connor Smith delivers against Norwin on April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
‘Fearless’ Connor Smith emerges as North Allegheny’s ace
Connor Smith likes to experiment with his pitch grips, so when his favorite MLB pitcher shared a splitter setup on a podcast, the North Allegheny right-hander had to give it a try.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns wins the girls 300-meter hurdles during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Baldwin High School.
Rain soaks Baldwin Invitational but doesn’t dim Quaker Valley hurdler’s sunny outlook
A cold rain drenched everyone at the Baldwin Invitational, but Quaker Valley hurdler Nora Johns was among those not too bothered by the wet weather.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores against New Castle’s Mike Wells during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL lands 3 players on Class 5A all-state boys basketball team
New Castle and Laurel Highlands combined for one of the most competitive WPIAL finals in recent memory, a matchup decided in double overtime by two last-second free throws.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero celebrates with head coach Mike Mastroianni after defeating Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Quaker Valley teammates, coach Mike Mastroianni earn all-state honors in Class 4A
May 6, 2022
Adou Thiero and Markus Frank formed a dynamic duo for Quaker Valley, which celebrated the most successful boys basketball season in school history this winter.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine dunks against Seton LaSalle during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine among 4 all-state selections from WPIAL Class 3A
May 5, 2022
Steel Valley junior Makhai Valentine, who ranked among the WPIAL’s top scorers this winter, earned first-team all-state honors Thursday when the Class 3A awards were announced.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH’s Jake DiMichele, coach Mike Rodriguez earn top honors on Class 2A all-state team
May 4, 2022
Jake DiMichele went three years without a loss as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart won its second state title this winter and tied a state record with a 68-game winning streak in a historic season. DiMichele, a senior, finished his high school career as the second-leading scorer in WPIAL history with 2,642 points.

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No shot clock for Pennsylvania high schools, says PIAA basketball committee
May 3, 2022
Time is running out for shot clock advocates.

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Hempfield’s Sidney Blachovec finishes ahead of Kiski Area’s Liza Miller in the girls 800-meter run April 30 at the Westmoreland County championships. The Hempfield and Kiski Area girls qualified for the WPIAL team track semifinals that were moved to Wednesday.
WPIAL postpones team track semifinals to Wednesday
The WPIAL postponed its team track semifinals to Wednesday because of an unfavorable weather forecast Tuesday that included afternoon rain and possible thunderstorms.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jaden Gales (left) celebrates with Kevaughn Price after scoring against North Catholic on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin teammates, coach Gino Palmosina earn Class A boys basketball all-state honors
Bishop Canevin celebrated the school’s first boys basketball state title this winter and the Crusaders were rewarded for that accomplishment again Tuesday.

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All-state boys basketball teams to be announced this week starting with non-PIAA schools
May 2, 2022
The boys basketball all-state teams will be announced one classification per day this week starting with non-PIAA schools.

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West Greene’s Taylor Karvan slides under the tag of Tri-Valley catcher Brittany Rice during the 2021 PIAA Class A softball championship game.
Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending May 1, 2022
April 30, 2022
Class 6A

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Jake Kendro and his Norwin teammates joined the WPIAL Class 6A rankings this week.
Trib HSSN WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending May 1, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny, 5 other schools join Steelers-sponsored girls flag football league
There’s a new high school football league in Western Pennsylvania sponsored by the Pittsburgh Steelers and created entirely for girls.

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Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski hugs seniors Neleh Nogay (right) and Addilae Watts after defeating Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A championship game.
21 WPIAL girls basketball players earn all-state honors, Neshannock’s Luann Grybowski named top coach
April 28, 2022
Twenty-one WPIAL girls basketball players earned all-state honors Thursday, and Neshannock’s Luann Grybowski was named Class 2A Coach of the Year after leading the Lancers to a state championship this winter.

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Oklahoma State’s Reagan Wright, left, scores behind James Madison catcher Lauren Bernett, right, on a ball hit by Chelsea Alexander in the fifth inning of an NCAA Women’s College World Series softball game, Friday, June 4, 2021, in Oklahoma City.
Former South Fayette softball player Lauren Bernett dies
April 26, 2022
The James Madison softball program Tuesday was mourning the death of sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett, a South Fayette graduate who helped the Dukes reach the College World Series a year ago.

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WPIAL board president Scott Seltzer, shown distributing gold medals to Neshannock head coach Luann Grybowski and her team after the PIAA Class 2A championship game March 25 in Hershey, will take over as executive director this summer.
WPIAL hires board president Scott Seltzer as executive director
April 25, 2022
WPIAL board president Scott Seltzer will take over as executive director this summer, replacing outgoing director Amy Scheuneman as the league’s top administrator.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Pitt, Penn State, WVU among college finalists for Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher
April 24, 2022
Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia remain in the hunt for Laurel Highland’s Rodney Gallagher, the state’s top football recruit in the 2023 class.

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Armstrong’s Maggie Cypher scores against Franklin Regional on April 20. The River Hawks slid out of the top spot in Class 5A this week.
TribHSSN WPIAL softball rankings: Week ending April 24, 2022
April 23, 2022
Class 6A

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Montour’s Brock Janeda celebrates after tagging out Quaker Valley’s Nick Allen at second base during an April 8 game. The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.
TribHSSN WPIAL baseball rankings: Week ending April 24, 2022
Class 6A

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Bishop Canevin head coach Gino Palmosina watches from the bench next to Jhamil Fife during the PIAA Class A state championship game against St. John Neumann on March 24, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Gino Palmosina resigns at Canevin weeks after winning PIAA boys basketball title
April 22, 2022
Boys basketball coach Gino Palmosina is a candidate for a job elsewhere, so he resigned Thursday from alma mater Bishop Canevin, where he won WPIAL and state titles this winter.

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Bishop Canevin football coach Richard Johnson watches a preseason practice last year.
Simmering public vs. private dispute leads Bishop Canevin contingent to protest at Carlynton track meet
April 21, 2022
The always-contentious public vs. private debate usually sticks to high school football and basketball, but a track meet became the backdrop for an unprecedented student protest.

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Samantha Kern (left) and Robin Anderson battle for the puck during the South West girls hockey team’s practice Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon.
Delayed 2 years by pandemic, PIHL adds girls division for high school hockey
April 17, 2022
Morgan Black was the leading scorer on a national championship hockey team this winter, but she has never worn her high school’s logo on any jersey. That’s because for a girl to play high school hockey in Western Pennsylvania, she always had to play against the boys.

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Hempfield’s Olivia Kline plays against Penn-Trafford last season.
Trib HSSN softball rankings for April 16, 2022
April 16, 2022
Class 6A

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Colin Marinpetro and his West Allegheny teammates celebrate after defeating South Fayette, 11-10, in the bottom of the 11th inning on Thursday.
Trib HSSN baseball rankings for April 16, 2022
Class 6A

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Swimmer Jacquelyn Du was announced as a member of this year’s North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame.
North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame class offers tribute to 50th anniversary of Title IX
State champion swimmer Jacquelyn Du and record-setting field hockey player Emily Humiston are among 11 individuals chosen for induction into the North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame this year.

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WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman poses for a photo after a WPIAL board meeting June 18, 2020, at Chartiers Valley.
WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman joining Pittsburgh Marathon organizer P3R
April 15, 2022
WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman is leaving her job as the district’s top administrator to join P3R, which organizes races in Western Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh Marathon.

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WPIAL executive director, Amy Scheuneman, speaks to student athletes on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 during the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
Amy Scheuneman resigning as WPIAL executive director after spring sports championships
April 14, 2022
Amy Scheuneman’s tenure as WPIAL executive director is ending this spring after two years.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kevaughn Price celebrates next to Union’s Cam Taylor as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL athletic directors want basketball sections divided by ability not enrollment
What if basketball sections were determined by a team’s talent level rather than its school enrollment?

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WPIAL notebook: Kiski Area doesn’t want to share section with Penn Hills
April 13, 2022
The racially charged dispute between Penn Hills and Kiski Area wasn’t resolved, so the WPIAL may keep those teams apart in future years.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates after scoring against Kiski Area during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
WPIAL announces James Collins Scholar/Athlete Award winners
The WPIAL on Wednesday announced winners of the James Collins Scholar/Athlete Awards. This is the 31st year for the awards, which include a $1,000 scholarship for each recipient.

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Former Pine Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Mars hires former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz
April 12, 2022
Only four miles separate the football stadiums of Pine-Richland and Mars, but the journey that took Eric Kasperowicz from one to the other followed a winding road.

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Former Pine Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Football coach Eric Kasperowicz poised to make WPIAL return at Mars
April 11, 2022
Mars is prepared to hire football coach Eric Kasperowicz, bringing the two-time state champion coach back to the WPIAL a year after his ouster at Pine-Richland.

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Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey talks to pitcher Emma Augustine between innings of a scrimmage March 22 against Latrobe.
Trib HSSN softball rankings for April 9, 2022
April 9, 2022
Class 6A

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Montour pitcher Mason Sike delivers in the rain against Quaker Valley on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Burkett Field in Robinson.
Trib HSSN baseball rankings for April 9, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Anne Melle is being counted upon as a pitcher and as one of the Tigers’ top hitters.
North Allegheny softball team confident after strong start to 2022 season
Morgan Vescovi was hired as North Allegheny’s softball coach in 2019, but counting seasons is always a tricky task because the pandemic erased 2020.

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Football coach Dan Knause went 18-30 in five seasons at Chartiers Valley.
Trinity hires former Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause
April 8, 2022
After working five years to build up his alma mater’s football program, coach Dan Knause will take on a new project elsewhere.

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Lacrosse officials demand pay increase in disruptive dispute with WPIAL schools
April 6, 2022
A number of Western Pennsylvania boys lacrosse officials are taking a timeout from working varsity games unless WPIAL schools give them a pay raise.

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North Catholic hired former college basketball assistant coach Bill Barton as athletic director.
North Catholic hires former Pitt, Duquesne basketball assistant as athletic director
April 5, 2022
Bill Barton, a former assistant college basketball coach at Pitt and Duquesne, is returning to Western Pennsylvania as athletic director at North Catholic.

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WPIAL lacrosse match rescheduled after officials decline to accept assignment
A simmering discontent by officials about pay and travel forced Trinity to reschedule a boys lacrosse game, but the WPIAL was optimistic the season won’t be disrupted by a widespread work stoppage.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero carries the WPIAL championship trophy from the court after defeating Montour in Class 4A final on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero named 2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year
April 4, 2022
2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Constitution’s Jamal Carr during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
2022 TribLive HSSN Boys Basketball All-Stars | Terrific 10
This was a history-making year for WPIAL boys basketball with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart leading the way.

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South Fayette’s Maddie Webber shoots a 3-pointer against McKeesport during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball All-Stars | Terrific 10
This season marked the end of an era for some WPIAL girls basketball programs or maybe just the beginning for others.

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TribHSSN baseball rankings for April 2, 2022
April 2, 2022
Class 6A

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TribHSSN softball rankings for April 2, 2022
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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates with teammates after scoring against Butler during the 2021 WPIAL Class 6A semifinals.
With big-time talent, North Allegheny baseball team sets big goals
At least a dozen pro scouts watched North Allegheny’s baseball scrimmage, an early indication the Tigers have an eventful season ahead.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a 2019 practice.
Butler files lawsuit against PIAA in fight over District 10 football playoffs
March 31, 2022
The WPIAL has no grounds to ban the Butler football team from the District 10 playoffs, says a lawsuit the school district has filed against the PIAA.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi talks with Michael Hawkins (right) during the state basketball championships Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia basketball teams are here to stay in PIAA, says District 12 chairman
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, and District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells reacts after hitting a three-pointer against Imhotep Charter during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA to survey schools about adding basketball shot clock in 2024
March 30, 2022
Reset the clock.

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A shot clock sits above a basket during an NCAA college basketball game between Maryland and Butler in College Park, Md.
PIAA basketball committee readies for shot clock discussion this week
March 29, 2022
Shot clock or no shot clock?

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi talks with Michael Hawkins (right) during the state basketball championships Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia basketball teams are here to stay in PIAA, says District 12 chairman
March 28, 2022
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, but District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause walks the sideline during a game against Montour on Oct. 29, 2021, at Chartiers Valley.
Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause resigns after 5 seasons for job elsewhere
Chartiers Valley football coach Dan Knause is a candidate for a job elsewhere, so he resigned Monday after five seasons with the Colts.

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Aliquippa head coach Nick Lackovich watches the final seconds of the game with his starters during the PIAA Class 3A state championship against Devon Prep on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Public school criticism of state basketball playoffs ‘sour grapes,’ says PIAA director
Traditional public schools won only two of the 12 state basketball titles celebrated this weekend in Hershey, the fewest since the PIAA expanded the sport to six classifications in 2016.

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Aliquippa’s Demarkus Walker watches as Devon Prep celebrates as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Long scoreless stretch dashes Aliquippa’s hopes for state basketball title
March 26, 2022
HERSHEY — Aliquippa reached the state finals with four sophomores in the starting lineup, and that youth maybe showed itself at the worst time.

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Freedom’s Shaye Bailey drives to the basket against Neumann-Goretti’s Mihjae Hayes during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Freedom falls to Neumann-Goretti in 1st state championship appearance
HERSHEY – Freedom wanted to win a state title in its first trip to Hershey, but the championship trophy went home with a team that already owned four.

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Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher brings the ball upcourt during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on March 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship breakdown: Freedom vs. Neumann-Goretti
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball final

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker (3) and Demarkus Walker celebrate after defeating South Allegheny, 57-55, in their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Highlands High School.
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PIAA Class 3A boys basketball final

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New Castle’s Mike Wells carries the runner-up trophy from the court after the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Imhotep Charter on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Nationally ranked Imhotep Charter dashes New Castle’s hopes for state championship
March 25, 2022
HERSHEY — New Castle wanted to hold for the final shot of the first half, yet Imhotep Charter grabbed a rebound, hit a buzzer-beating 3 and ran to the locker room up 11.

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OLSH’s Bryson Kirschner (4) and Dawson Summers celebrate after defeating Constitution in the PIAA Class 2A championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH wins historic PIAA title, ties state record with 68 straight wins
HERSHEY — “Historic” is now the perfect word to describe Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s dominance.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells dunks during the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Gateway on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
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PIAA Class 5A boys basketball final

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores against Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner during their game on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
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PIAA Class 2A boys basketball final

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero stands with Jack Gardinier after receiving their runner-up medals following the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Neumann-Goretti on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Quaker Valley falls to Philadelphia power Neumann-Goretti in state finals
March 24, 2022
HERSHEY — Adou Thiero blocked three first-quarter shots, Quaker Valley scored 11 consecutive points and the Quakers held a slim lead over an eight-time state champion.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jhamil Fife and Kevaughn Price celebrate with the state championship trophy after defeating St. John Neumann in the PIAA Class A boys final on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Balanced attack earns Bishop Canevin 1st PIAA boys basketball title
HERSHEY — This state championship celebration was years in the making for Bishop Canevin, with some waiting longer than others to see the Crusaders finally win one.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank scores against Montour during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 PIAA Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: Quaker Valley vs. Neumann-Goretti
PIAA Class 4A boys basketball final

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer celebrates a tackle for loss against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
Potential NFL path draws Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer to Boston College
March 23, 2022
Jordan Mayer is very good at getting his arms around quarterbacks, but when the Thomas Jefferson junior committed to Boston College, he was the one wrapped up.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker (3) celebrates with Jayace Williams after defeating South Allegheny, 57-55, in their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Highlands High School.
PIAA semifinal win gives Aliquippa chance for rare football-basketball championship double
March 19, 2022
Aliquippa is headed to Hershey for the second time in three months, chasing after a rare football-basketball double state championship.

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler finished second in the 2022 state girls wrestling tournament on March 13, 2022.
Rumpler 2nd-place finish at states a boon for North Allegheny girls wrestling team
North Allegheny didn’t have a girls wresting team two years ago, yet the Tigers saw a girl finish second in the state this winter.

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New Castle head coach Ralph Blundo greets Mike Wells as he exits their game against Aliquippa on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Aliquippa High School.
Mike Wells shakes off sore elbow, leads New Castle to 1st PIAA finals since ’14
March 18, 2022
Mike Wells’ elbow was still hurting him, but that didn’t hide his happiness as New Castle fans rained Hershey’s Kisses on the Red Hurricanes’ postgame celebration.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Tim McConnell celebrates with Perri Page and Aislin Malcolm during their Section 1-5A game against Moon on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
PIAA reveals sites, times for state basketball semifinals
March 17, 2022
Peters Township will host a PIAA semifinal Saturday between the Chartiers Valley and McKeesport girls, one of four all-WPIAL pairings in the final four of the state basketball tournament.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker scores past Avonworth’s Austin Johncour a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal Wednesday at New Castle.
Aliquippa finds ‘happy balance,’ tops Avonworth for 3rd time in PIAA quarterfinals
March 16, 2022
After missing a few long jumpers in the first quarter, Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker understood why he was being called to the bench and the junior didn’t argue.

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New Castle’s Mike Graham drives past Gateway’s Michael Crawford during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
PIAA announces sites, times for Friday’s state basketball semifinals
The PIAA chose Norwin as host site for the rematch of New Castle and Gateway, one of two all-WPIAL pairings in the state basketball semifinals.

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New Castle’s Cahmari Perkins blocks the shot of Penn Hills’ Noah Barren during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal Tuesday at UPMC Events Center.
New Castle wins ‘fist fight’ over Penn Hills in low-scoring PIAA quarterfinal
How do you describe a game with more than a dozen blocks, more than two dozen turnovers, and the first team to score 40 points won?

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Gateway’s Jaydon Carr tracks down an inbounds pass away from Laurel Highlands’ Tahji Hooper during the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Tuesday at Robert Morris.
Gateway stuns Laurel Highlands, earns 1st appearance in state basketball semifinals
March 15, 2022
There will be a WPIAL rematch in the state semifinals, but Laurel Highlands won’t be there.

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Latrobe’s Luke Willochell (bottom) wrestles Indiana’s Nico Fanella in the 106-pound final during WPIAL Class 3A wrestling championships on March 5 at Canon-McMillan.
WPIAL approves new section alignment for next 2 wrestling seasons
March 14, 2022
Say goodbye to the subsections.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with his players during a practice in 2019.
WPIAL rejects Butler’s compromise, leaving football team ineligible for District 10 playoffs
The WPIAL rejected a compromise offered Monday by Butler’s administration that would’ve let the school’s football team play in the District 10 playoffs for the next two seasons.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan grabs a rebound next to Allderdice’s Holden Eagle during their PIAA Class 6A second round state playoff game on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Peters Twp. High School.
‘Relentless’ Fox Chapel tops Allderdice in PIAA battle of district champions
March 12, 2022
With only one player taller than 6-foot-2, Fox Chapel maybe doesn’t look like a team built to outrebound many opponents.

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New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson scores against Gateway’s Ryan Greggerson during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
PIAA announces sites, times for Tuesday’s basketball quarterfinals
The WPIAL is guaranteed to have a boys team in the Class 5A state championship with Laurel Highlands, New Castle, Gateway and Penn Hills all reaching the quarterfinals.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates after scoring against Highlands during a PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Unbeaten Laurel Highlands rallies past Highlands in OT, moves into quarterfinals
March 11, 2022
Laurel Highlands celebrated its 27th consecutive win Friday night, but this victory over Highlands followed a different script than the first 26.

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South Fayette’s Erica Hall battles Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan for a loose ball during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA girls basketball sites, times set for 2nd round playoff games
March 10, 2022
Section foes South Fayette and Moon will meet for the third time this season Saturday in a PIAA second-round playoff game at Peters Township.

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich steals the ball from South Allegheny’s Mike Michalski during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Fox Chapel.
PIAA announces playoff sites, times for boys basketball 2nd round
Peters Township will host a clash of champions Saturday when WPIAL champion Fox Chapel faces City League champion Allderdice in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs.

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The Allderdice bench erupts after Mike Quigley (14) hit a three-pointer in the final seconds of overtime during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game against Central Catholic on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in Squirrel Hill.
Allderdice advances in PIAA playoffs with overtime win against Central Catholic
March 9, 2022
Mike Quigley has a favorite rim in Allderdice’s gym, one that he’s found is a little softer than the other.

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Linton Muddle School in Penn Hills on Nov. 30, 2019.
Penn Hills refuses to play Kiski Area sports teams this spring over alleged racial taunts
Penn Hills won’t play games against Kiski Area teams this spring because of racial taunts allegedly made by fans during a recent middle school volleyball game.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores over New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson and Cahmari Perkins during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA releases sites, times for Friday 2nd-round basketball playoff games
The PIAA released sites and times for second-round matchups in the state basketball playoff scheduled for Friday.

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Quaker Valley’s Daniel Bartels celebrates with Markus Frank during their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game against Hickory on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Leetsdale.
‘Special run’ might await Quaker Valley after PIAA 1st-round win over Hickory
March 8, 2022
The Hickory boys basketball team was in Hershey last winter, playing at Giant Center with a chance to win a state championship.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock tries to dribble past Montour’s Dante Deltondo in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Feb. 26 at Bethel Park.
After incident in WPIAL semifinals, should postgame handshake lines continue?
March 7, 2022
Should handshake lines disappear from the WPIAL?

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Neshannock’s Hunter Newman (left) celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against OLSH during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Sites, times revealed for 2022 PIAA girls basketball 1st-round playoff games
March 6, 2022
The PIAA on Sunday posted sites and times for first-round games in the state girls basketball playoffs. Here’s a list of games involving WPIAL and City League teams.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank scores against Montour’s Kaleb Platz during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA announces sites, times for 2022 boys basketball 1st-round playoff games
The PIAA on Sunday posted sites and times for first-round games in the state boys basketball playoffs. Here’s a list of games involving WPIAL and City League teams.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan (left) celebrates with Jake DeMotte as time expires in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Hills on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Fox Chapel stuns top-seeded North Hills to win 1st WPIAL title in 45 years
March 5, 2022
Eli Yofan celebrated with the WPIAL trophy in his hands Saturday night, but he also acknowledged the fingerprints his teammates left all over this championship win.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham celebrates after defeating North Allegheny, 61-53, in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Ross.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball championship breakdown: North Hills vs. Fox Chapel
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele shoots a three-pointer against Avonworth on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
2022 WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball championship breakdown: OLSH vs. Fort Cherry
WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates after being fouled while scoring during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against New Castle on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Rodney Gallagher’s free throws in final second of double OT lift Laurel Highlands past New Castle in WPIAL Class 5A final
March 4, 2022
Same arena. Same prize. There was a little less time on the clock when Rodney Gallagher walked to the foul line this year, but he made sure the outcome was also exactly the same.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells dunks during the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Gateway on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball championship breakdown: Laurel Highlands vs. New Castle
No. 1 Laurel Highlands vs. No. 2 New Castle

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich exits the game during the fourth quarter against Laurel during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball championship breakdown: Shady Side Academy vs. Avonworth
No. 3 Shady Side Academy vs. No. 8 Avonworth

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero carries the WPIAL championship trophy from the court after defeating Montour in Class 4A final on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Adou Thiero seals victory as Quaker Valley edges Montour for WPIAL Class 4A title
March 3, 2022
Adou Thiero endured the pain of a fractured thumb to avoid the hurt of another silver medal.

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Aliquippa’s Tyrese Jones celebrates after a Quips touchdown during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
2022 Big School East-West roster includes nearly 2 dozen WPIAL, City League players
State champions from Aliquippa, Mt. Lebanon and Penn-Trafford were among nearly two dozen WPIAL and City League players announced Thursday as all-stars for the Big School East-West Game this spring.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander strikes a pose after scoring during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
11 WPIAL, City League football players picked for 2022 Small School East-West Game
The WPIAL’s leading rusher was among 11 WPIAL and City League players chosen Thursday for the Small School East-West Game this spring.

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Quaker Valley’s Will Dunda celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against Lincoln Park during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: Quaker Valley vs. Montour
No. 1 Quaker Valley vs. No. 2 Montour

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North Hills’ Alex Smith reacts during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against North Allegheny on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Ross.
What to watch in WPIAL finals: North Hills boys, 3 others seek 1st basketball title
North Hills senior Alex Smith and his older brother Nick have a strong sibling rivalry that carries over to the basketball court.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks over Mt. Lebanon’s Joseph Peters during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
No. 1 North Hills reaches WPIAL finals with low-scoring win over Mt. Lebanon
March 1, 2022
Mt. Lebanon is notorious for consuming clock with long possessions, but when the Blue Devils did so Tuesday night, it was often because they found no easy route to the rim.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich stiff-arms State College’s Calvin Roan during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
14 WPIAL players chosen for 2022 Big 33 Football Classic
Fourteen players from the WPIAL were selected Tuesday for the Big 33 Football Classic, including four from Mt. Lebanon’s state championship team and two from Penn-Trafford.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells (3) leads the Red Hurricanes from the court after defeating Gateway in their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Defending champion New Castle reaches WPIAL finals for 8th time in 11 years
February 28, 2022
The road to the WPIAL championship winds through gyms all across Western Pennsylvania, but New Castle rarely gets lost along the way.

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North Allegheny goalie Rylan Murphy owns a 1.42 goals against average this season.
North Allegheny relies on balance in quest for 3rd straight Penguins Cup championship
February 27, 2022
As the hockey schedule reached late February, North Allegheny’s Connor Chi pushed his season-long scoring streak to 19 games. The senior recorded at least one goal or assist in every contest, cementing his spot as an elite scorer.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past Lincoln Park’s DeAndre Moye during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero scores 25 in semifinal win despite fractured thumb
February 26, 2022
Adou Thiero wore tape on the knee he injured last winter and a wrap on the thumb he fractured earlier this week.

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The Upper St. Clair girls basketball team celebrates after defeating North Allegheny in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Freshman Rylee Kalocay’s late-game heroics take Upper St. Clair back to WPIAL finals
Upper St. Clair freshman Rylee Kalocay didn’t start Saturday’s semifinal, but she certainly finished it.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham celebrates after defeating North Allegheny, 61-53, in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Ross.
No. 1 North Hills celebrates 4th win over rival North Allegheny in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 25, 2022
As the saying goes, it’s tough to beat a basketball team three times in one season, but what about four? The sold-out crowd that packed into North Hills’ gym was there to find out.

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Ellwood City head coach Steve Antuono talks with his son, Stevie, during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game at North Allegheny High School.
Ellwood City basketball coach Steve Antuono suspended 2 games after chaotic playoff loss
Game officials imposed a two-game suspension on Ellwood City boys basketball coach Steve Antuono for unsportsmanlike actions during a chaotic ending to Thursday night’s playoff loss.

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Gateway’s Jaydon Carr scores next to Kaleb Pryor during their Section 3-5A game against Penn Hills on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Gateway upsets No. 3 Mars, earns 1st WPIAL semifinal appearance since 2012
February 24, 2022
Gateway was only a couple of minute away from upsetting No. 3 seed Mars, but for the Gators, those final moments seemed to last forever.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Schools get some say as WPIAL releases football schedules for 2022, ’23 seasons
The WPIAL tried a new approach for scheduling nonconference football games this year by giving teams a say in who they play.

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Lincoln Park’s LA Pratt scores during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against North Catholic on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
WPIAL schedules 3 basketball semifinals at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center
The WPIAL has scheduled three basketball semifinals at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center on Saturday starting with top-seeded Quaker Valley facing defending champion Lincoln Park in a Class 4A boys game at noon.

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Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas celebrates after scoring next to North Catholic’s Max Rottmann during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
Confident and now healthy, star freshman Meleek Thomas leads Lincoln Park past North Catholic
Sharing the court with a couple of scorers bound for Division I colleges might make some freshmen timid. Not Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas, who waved for the basketball when the Leopards needed a fourth-quarter boost Wednesday night.

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Butler coach Eric Christy talks with Cooper Baxter (left) and Dylan Fediaczko during a 2019 practice.
Butler plans legal action after PIAA upholds WPIAL ruling keeping football team out of District 10 playoffs
February 23, 2022
Butler intends to take legal action after the PIAA upheld a decision banning the football team from the District 10 playoffs, said the school’s athletic director.

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The Mt. Lebanon football team celebrates with head coach Bob Palko after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA football, soccer championships moving from Hershey to Cumberland Valley
Say goodbye to flying Hershey’s Kisses and giant chocolate bars. Pennsylvania high school athletes will have to find a new way to celebrate trips to the state championships.

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North Allegheny’s Joey Dopirak (22) celebrates with Robby Jones after scoring against Baldwin during their WPIAL Class 6A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Strong 1st quarter leads No. 8 North Allegheny past No. 9 Baldwin in WPIAL playoff opener
February 22, 2022
Tuesday marked the playoff opener for the North Allegheny boys, but the Tigers felt they’d already had a postseason mindset for a while now.

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Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine celebrates with Cruce Brookins in the final seconds of their 70-62 win over Seton LaSalle in a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
Steel Valley knocks out No. 4 Seton LaSalle with 1-2 punch in WPIAL playoff upset
February 21, 2022
Steel Valley’s Makhai Valentine wears No. 1 and teammate Cruce Brookins is No. 2, fitting for a combination that delivered a knockout punch Monday night.

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WPIAL suspends former Greensburg Central Catholic assistant football coach for recruiting
The WPIAL has suspended a former Greensburg Central Catholic assistant football coach for violating PIAA rules against recruiting.

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North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens competes for Arkansas during the 2021-22 indoor season.
North Allegheny grad Ayden Owens lands at Arkansas with record-setting splash
February 19, 2022
Ayden Owens felt the sunshine of Southern California and the cold of Ann Arbor, Mich., in his first three years of college. Nowadays, you’ll find the former North Allegheny star breaking track and field records down south in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Grandson and grandfather, Matthew White and Dale Thunhorst, pose for a photo after officiating a varsity game together Jan. 3, 2022.
Grandfather-grandson duo works together officiating WPIAL basketball games
February 17, 2022
When Matthew White was a little kid, he enjoyed going to high school basketball games and seeing the officials, because his grandfather was one of them.

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Montour’s Tyriq Eleam scores against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Midland.
WPIAL asks playoff basketball teams: ‘What have you done for me lately?’
February 15, 2022
The WPIAL basketball committee had a question for playoff teams: “What have you done for me lately?”

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks against North Allegheny on Jan. 7, 2022, in McCandless.
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February 14, 2022
Class 6A

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates his game-winning shot in the final seconds against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Tough decisions prompt debate as WPIAL announces 2021-22 basketball playoff brackets
Laurel Highlands or New Castle? Mt. Lebanon or North Allegheny?

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after driving in two runs against Hempfield during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game last season. Some scouting services have him projected to be a first-round pick in the MLB Draft.
North Allegheny’s Cole Young projected as 1st-round pick in MLB Draft
February 13, 2022
Cole Young has a Twitter account, so the North Allegheny senior usually notices whenever someone publishes a new MLB mock draft or an updated list of high school baseball prospects.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Reagan Murdoch celebrates with Ashleigh Connor after scoring during their Section 2-6A game against USC on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL bracketology: Chris Harlan, Don Rebel forecast 2021-22 girls basketball pairings
The February Frenzy is about to heat up as WPIAL basketball teams hop on the Path to the Pete.

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WPIAL bracketology: Chris Harlan, Don Rebel forecast 2021-22 boys basketball pairings
February 12, 2022
The February Frenzy is about to heat up as WPIAL basketball teams hop on the Path to the Pete.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Gina Smith works against Upper St. Clair’s Molly James during their Section 2-6A game on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 13, 2022
Class 6A

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Tyriq Eleam and Montour jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the boys Class 4A rankings.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 13, 2022
Class 6A

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Fox Chapel’s Jake DeMotte celebrates after defeating Central Catholic on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel survives Eli Yofan injury scare, clinches sole possession of section title
February 11, 2022
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan went from laying under the hoop in pain in the third quarter to swinging on the rim in celebration in the fourth.

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WPIAL asks Greensburg Central Catholic to explain possible recruiting violations
February 10, 2022
The WPIAL is looking into possible recruiting violations by Greensburg Central Catholic.

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North Allegheny coach Sanshiro Abe celebrates with Jake Woodley at the 2016 PIAA individual wrestling championships in Hershey.
North Allegheny wrestling coach Sunny Abe resigns prior to postseason tournaments
February 9, 2022
North Allegheny wrestling coach Sanshiro “Sunny” Abe, a former NCAA champion and Olympic wrestler, resigned with one meet left in the regular season and the individual tournaments still ahead.

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New Castle head coach Joe Cowart works with his team during practice on Aug. 4, 2021, in New Castle.
New Castle’s Joe Cowart resigns after 10 seasons, sent 2 former players to NFL
Not many WPIAL football coaches have had two former players active in the NFL at the same time, but New Castle’s Joe Cowart did during his coaching tenure, which came to a close this winter.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker celebrates a traveling call on Seton LaSalle’s John Wilkins during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at Aliquippa High School.
Aliquippa ‘hitting stride,’ defeats Seton LaSalle for 1st-place tie in Section 2
A young basketball team can age considerably in the short span of 25 days.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Penn Hills High School.
Pine-Richland hires Penn Hills’ Jon LeDonne as football coach
February 7, 2022
As a parent with three kids in the district, Jon LeDonne already wore a number of hats around Pine-Richland. Scorekeeper for middle school basketball. Coach for a fourth-grade girls team. Scorers’ table duty at youth wrestling matches.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates a Blue Devils touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon’s Bob Palko named Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year
February 6, 2022
Mt. Lebanon football coach Bob Palko, who led the Blue Devils to their first state championship, was named the 2021 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year on Sunday.

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North Allegheny’s Lexi Sundgren competes in the girls 200 freestyle during the 2020 WPIAL championships.
With longtime coach out of retirement, North Allegheny swim teams out to achieve more excellence
Longtime North Allegheny swimming coach Corky Semler didn’t hesitate when athletic director Bob Bozzuto asked if he was interested in coming out of retirement this winter.

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Latrobe coach Mark Burkhardt watches from the bench during a game against Woodland Hills on Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings for Feb. 5, 2022
February 5, 2022
Class 6A

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank claps after scoring against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Midland.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings for Feb. 5, 2022
Class 6A

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Butler’s Devin Carney drives to the basket past Pine-Richland’s Luke Shanahan during their game on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Pine..
Butler finds ‘desperation mode,’ boosts playoffs hopes by defeating Pine-Richland
One team in Butler’s brutal section may be left home when the playoffs start, which has the Golden Tornado convinced it can’t lose another game.

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Aliquippa’s Neco Eberhardt celebrates his first quarter sack during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL delays release of football schedules over ‘unique situation’ with Aliquippa
February 3, 2022
The WPIAL decided not to release new football schedules this week because of a “unique situation” facing one of its schools.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher has about two dozen Division I offers, including Notre Dame, Michigan and Texas.
Western Pa.’s Top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2023
Some of the nation’s top college football recruiters will visit Western Pennsylvania often in the coming months, because the WPIAL and City League have an uncommitted four-star Rivals recruit in the 2023 class.

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South Side head coach Luke Travelpiece works with his team during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
WPIAL disciplines South Side, Steel Valley football after hearing on racial allegations
February 2, 2022
The South Side and Steel Valley football teams must complete educational training organized by the WPIAL to “further develop cultural competency” after their playoff game in November ended with accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct and racial slurs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Rian Fitzgerald (1) celebrates after scoring next to South Allegheny’s Jeston Beatty during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side Academy tops No. 4 South Allegheny to narrow section title race
Shady Side Academy used quickness and aggression to build a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead Tuesday night, a favorable position where many teams might then slow the tempo.

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Pennsylvania’s Tyler Boyd of Clairton celebrates after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Maryland during the Big 33 Football Classic Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Clairton’s Tyler Boyd extends Super Bowl streak for Big 33 Football Classic
January 31, 2022
Thanks to former Clairton star Tyler Boyd, the Big 33 Football Classic’s Super Bowl streak lives on.

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Bradyn Foster and his Highlands teammates moved up to No. 5 in the Class 5A rankings this week.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 29, 2022
January 29, 2022
Class 6A

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The Norwin girls basketball team celebrates after defeating North Allegheny, 56-31, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Norwin High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 29, 2022
Class 6A

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys hold off Winchester Thurston, take over 1st place
January 28, 2022
Greensburg Central Catholic and Winchester Thurston were scheduled to meet three weeks ago, but that boys basketball game was postponed, so the teams could only study one another from a distance.

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Aliquippa and Ambridge gather for the coin toss before a 2004 game at Carl Aschman Stadium, also known as “The Pit.”
Aliquippa plans to build new football stadium, receives $250,000 from NFL
Aliquippa’s aging football stadium will be torn down and rebuilt this year with a little help from the NFL.

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Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo presides over a preseason workout in 2020.
Hampton hiring new football coach as Jacque DeMatteo ends 14-year stint
January 27, 2022
For the first time in 14 years, Hampton soon will have a new football coach.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa wins PIAA appeal, remains in Class 4A football
January 26, 2022
Add another win to Aliquippa’s record.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Moon’s Mia Cochran repeats as Pa. Gatorade girls cross country award winner
January 25, 2022
Moon’s Mia Cochran has defended yet another cross country title.

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OLSH’s Dawson Summers celebrates next to Luke Daeschner after scoring against Avonworth during their game on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
With heavy hearts, OLSH ties WPIAL record for longest winning streak
As Our Lady of the Sacred Heart made WPIAL history Monday night, the boys basketball team wasn’t focused on what it was playing for, but rather who.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza scores against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza commits to Navy football, joining Blue Devils teammate
January 24, 2022
Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza has played football with teammate Eli Heidenreich for as long as he can remember. As it turns out, high school graduation won’t break their bond.

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Fox Chapel’s J.P. Dockey drives past Central Catholic’s Dante Depante during their Section 3-6A game on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 23, 2022
January 22, 2022
Class 6A

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan scores during a Section 1-5A game against Moon on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 22, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker Jr. paces the sideline during a game against Central Catholic on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny AD Bozzuto sees future Class 6A football alignment with larger field
North Allegheny athletic director Bob Bozzuto has a forward-thinking mindset when it comes to football conference realignment. The ink barely has dried on WPIAL plans for the next two seasons, but he’s ready to start thinking about 2024 and ’25.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank scores past Lincoln Park’s Jadon Bishop during their Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Midland.
Markus Frank’s knack around basket leads unbeaten Quaker Valley past Lincoln Park
Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank has a knack for scoring around the rim from angles that seem almost impossible, yet he makes them with ease.

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Former Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz at Pitt practice on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex.
Former football coach Eric Kasperowicz drops lawsuit against Pine-Richland, hopes to reclaim job
January 21, 2022
Former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz is dropping his defamation lawsuit against the school district and its administrators in hopes of reclaiming his coaching job.

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Matt Stebbins, pictured during the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A girls championship game at Petersen Events Center, has resigned as the head coach of the Laurel High School girls basketball team.
Laurel girls basketball coach resigns midseason, says ‘hand was forced’
January 20, 2022
The Laurel girls basketball team is trying to reach the WPIAL playoffs for the fifth year in a row, but the Spartans must do so without their head coach.

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Sto-Rox head coach LaRoi Johnson (middle) reacts during a team skills challenge during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament July 28, 2021 at Bethel Park.
Imani Christian hires LaRoi Johnson as football coach
Football coach LaRoi Johnson is returning to his roots.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski holds the flag after carding a birdie on Hole 15, as Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti lines up his putt during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
WPIAL notebook: Golf adds 36-hole format for individual championships
To win a WPIAL golf title next season, players must make the cut and play two good rounds.

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Kiski Area assistant coach Chuck Tursky (left) works with head coach Chris Heater (right) and assistant coach Matt Kiebler during their 35-31 comeback victory over Cumberland Valley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship at the Giant Center on Thursday Feb. 11, 2016, in Hershey.
WPIAL announces 2022 Hall of Fame class
January 19, 2022
Bob Kalp won more than 400 games as Hempfield’s softball coach, and Chuck Tursky celebrated his 500th career win as Kiski Area’s wrestling coach.

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Butler went 5-5 last season under coach Eric Christy and reached the District 10 playoffs.
WPIAL board blocks Butler from District 10 football playoffs
The WPIAL two years ago gave Butler permission to play football in District 10 as an “associate member,” but there now is a dispute about whether the Golden Tornado can qualify for that district’s playoffs.

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Aliquippa’s Naquan Crowder celebrates next to Jason McBride during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 49, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL reveals updated conference alignments for 2022, 2023 seasons
January 18, 2022
The WPIAL took a multiple-choice approach when it drew up new conferences for the 2022 and ‘23 football seasons.

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Canon-McMillan linemates Julius Pruss (left) and Sean Lesnock work out during practice on Aug. 12, 2021, at Big Mac Stadium.
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Tuesday should be a big day for WPIAL football players, coaches and fans.

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Chartiers Valley and Aislin Malcolm maintained the No. 1 spot in Class 5A.
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January 15, 2022
Class 6A

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L.A. Pratt and Lincoln Park held stead at No. 3 in Class 3A.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 16, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman defends a shot against Shaler’s Mia Schubert (left) and Cabndace Kozej during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris.
North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman named Pa. Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year
Whenever the North Allegheny girls volleyball team wins a title, the Tigers have a knack for winning it again and again.

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Lincoln Park’s L.A. Pratt takes the game-winning shot over Montour’s Dante Deltondo and Diaun Pinkett in the final seconds of their Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Midland.
LA Pratt’s game-winner lifts Lincoln Park to 2-point win over Montour
January 14, 2022
Lincoln Park saw a 15-point lead vanish Friday night, but that was all forgotten once senior LA Pratt made a clutch runner with five seconds left to lift the Leopards to a 51-49 victory over Montour in a battle of ranked teams.

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OLSH head coach Dan Bradley watches his team during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Ellwood City hires ‘proven winner’ Dan Bradley to fix struggling football program
Ellwood City hired former OLSH football coach Dan Bradley on Thursday to fix a distressed program that hasn’t won a game in three seasons.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield celebrates with his team after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA denies Aliquippa appeal asking to avoid promotion to Class 5A football
January 13, 2022
The PIAA on Thursday denied an initial appeal from Aliquippa, which wants to avoid a pending promotion to Class 5A football next season.

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MLK Day basketball showcase moves to Central Pa., still includes 5 WPIAL teams
The MLK Day basketball showcase that recently called Woodland Hills home has shifted about 150 miles east, but this weekend’s event still has some WPIAL teams taking part.

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Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert instructs his team during practice Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
2 WPIAL coaches picked as assistants for Big 33 Football Classic
January 12, 2022
WPIAL football coaches Matt Humbert of Belle Vernon and T.J. Plack of Peters Township will serve as Team Pennsylvania assistants for the Big 33 Football Classic in May.

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Penn Hills’ Jaden Dugger dunks against Gateway defenders during their Section 3-5A game on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Daemar Kelly helps Penn Hills ‘learn how to win’ in section victory over Gateway
January 11, 2022
As the final seconds ticked away, coach Chris Giles and the players on the Penn Hills bench all were shouting the exact same words.

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Mars head coach Scott Heinauer watches the Planets’ practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Mars Athletic Complex.
Mars school board set to open job of football coach Scott Heinauer
January 10, 2022
Mars appears ready to open the job of longtime football coach Scott Heinauer to applicants.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson (left) celebrates with Emma Fischer after a steal and score against Norwin during the fourth quarter of their Section 1-6A game Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 9, 2022
January 8, 2022
Class 6A

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North Hills’ Devin Burgess heads upcourt after hitting a three-pointer during the second half against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 9, 2022
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson eyes up her last second three-pointer to defeat Norwin in a Section 1-6A game on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at North Allegheny High School. NA won, 46-43.
Pitt the ‘best of both worlds’ for North Allegheny’s Timmerson
Jasmine Timmerson noticed her cell phone is a little quieter nowadays without so many calls or texts from college coaches.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks during the fourth quarter against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Hills clamps down on defense, stops North Allegheny in clash of 6A contenders
January 7, 2022
Alex Smith knew that if North Allegheny shooter Matt McDonough didn’t cool down, he and his North Hills teammates were in trouble.

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Woodland Hills running back Eris Seibles carries against Wayne Valley during the first quarter on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Woodland Hills football among WPIAL teams voluntarily playing in higher classification
Football coach Tim Bostard knew folks might be a little surprised to see the PIAA list Woodland Hills as a Class 3A team after years of playing two classifications higher.

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OLSH head coach Dan Bradley watches his team during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Dan Bradley resigns as OLSH football coach after reaching WPIAL finals
January 6, 2022
Weeks after leading Our Lady of the Sacred Heart to the WPIAL finals, Dan Bradley resigned as Chargers football coach after six seasons.

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Keystone Oaks head coach Greg Perry during work outs Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 at Dormont Memorial Stadium.
Greg Perry resigns as Keystone Oaks football coach citing pay for assistants
January 5, 2022
Greg Perry resigned as football coach at his alma mater Keystone Oaks, citing a union contract decision that reduced money available for his assistant coaches.

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Central Catholic’s Brandon Jackson catches a pass in front of the North Allegheny bench during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
PIAA realignment leaves WPIAL Class 6A football, basketball with fewer teams
January 4, 2022
The WPIAL’s largest classification officially is getting smaller next season in football and basketball.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA competitive-balance rule impacts Aliquippa football unfairly, says Beaver County NAACP
The Beaver County branch of the NAACP added its voice to those opposing a PIAA rule that could force the small-school Aliquippa football team to face even larger opponents in Class 5A next season.

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons fends off a block during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing on Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons named Trib HSSN Football Player of the Year
January 2, 2022
Central Valley faced a fourth-and-1 at its own 18-yard line with less than 5 minutes left in the state championship. The Warriors held a 7-0 lead, so nobody would’ve criticized coach Mark Lyons if he’d decided to punt and play defense.

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Jack Gardinier and his Quaker Valley teammates are atop the WPIAL Class 4A rankings this week.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Jan. 2, 2022
January 1, 2022
Class 6A

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Emma Fischer and the North Allegheny girls retained the No. 1 spot in Class 6A.
TribHSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 2, 2022
Class 6A

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes dives over the pylon to score past Belle Vernon’s Reiley Wiant during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
2021 Trib 25 Football Team: WPIAL, state champions highlight HSSN all-stars
December 31, 2021
This was a historic football season for the WPIAL, which had four teams celebrate state titles in Hershey.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko celebrates with Alex Tecza after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon tops Class 6A all-state football team as Bob Palko, Alex Tecza win individual awards
December 29, 2021
Mt. Lebanon won its first state title behind a veteran coach, a dynamic offensive trio and toughness at the line of scrimmage.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hugs head coach John Ruane after the Warriors defeated Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
10 WPIAL players earn all-state in 5A, Penn-Trafford’s John Ruane named top coach
After winning its first WPIAL and PIAA football titles, Penn-Trafford has more reason to celebrate.

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Aliquippa lineman Jason McBride (56) blocks for Tiqwai Hayes during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL lands 14 on 4A all-state team; Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes, Mike Warfield earn top honors
If Tiqwai Hayes’ next three seasons are anything like his first, the Aliquippa freshman has an exciting future ahead.

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Central Valley head coach Mark Lyons celebrates after defeating Wyomissing, 7-0, in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA champion Central Valley places 7 players on Class 3A all-state team, plus coach of the year
December 28, 2021
Central Valley’s 27th straight victory was a 7-0 win over Wyomissing in the PIAA Class 3A football championship game earlier this month. The Warriors’ run of success was certainly recognized by a group of Pennsylvania sportswriters.

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Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus watches his offense take the field after a turnover during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Beaver Falls on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Serra Catholic’s Jose Regus honored as Class 2A Coach of the Year in all-state football voting
A rare neurological disorder confined Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus to a wheelchair at times this season, yet Regus remained on the sideline and led the Eagles to a WPIAL football title and a state runner-up finish.

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Bishop Canevin’s Lesae Lacks (right) celebrates with Xavier Nelson during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game against OLSH on Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
6 WPIAL players recognized on Class A all-state football team
Six WPIAL Class A football players earned all-state honors Tuesday, including Bishop Canevin wide receiver Lesae Lacks, whose team-high 50 catches helped the Crusaders win the district title.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock brings the ball upcourt against Hempfield on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Hempfield Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Dec. 26, 2021
December 25, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Caroline Henderson battles Pine-Richland’s Madison Zavasky for a rebound during their game on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings: Week ending Dec. 26, 2021
Class 6A

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Pine-Richland head coach Steve Campos pleads his case to officials during the second quarter against Harrisburg on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Steve Campos resigns after 1 season as Pine-Richland football coach
December 22, 2021
The Pine-Richland football coaching job is open for the second time in six months.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Grayson Dee catches a pass in the rain over Central Catholic’s JD Younger during the third quarter on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL Class 6A football to shrink again as Baldwin, Hempfield, Norwin drop
December 21, 2021
The WPIAL’s largest football classification just keeps getting smaller.

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Sewickley Academy draws WPIAL discipline for promotional video highlighting athletics
December 20, 2021
In an attempt to boost middle-school enrollment, Sewickley Academy inadvertently ran afoul of PIAA recruiting rules with a multi-part video highlighting the school’s academics, arts and athletics.

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Lydia Betz and her North Allegheny teammates are the top-ranked Class 6A team in the WPIAL.
Trib HSSN WPIAL girls basketball rankings for Week of Dec. 19, 2021
December 18, 2021
Class 6A

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan celebrates with Jake DeMotte after scoring against Shaler on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Dec. 19, 2021
Class 6A

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Taylor Stover, Hannah Williams and Leyna Rumpler are among the competitors on the North Allegheny girls wrestling team this season.
Girls wrestling moving closer and closer to PIAA-sanctioned status
When coach Dan Heckert started a girls wrestling program a year ago at North Allegheny, he hoped someday the sport might become sanctioned by the PIAA and have teams at schools across the WPIAL.

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North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough shoots a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation against Pine-Richland on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. NA won, 74-70, in overtime.
Matt McDonough plays superhero on clutch 3-pointer as North Allegheny tops Pine-Richland in OT
Matt McDonough had a ticket to see the new Spider-Man movie, but his own heroics almost made him late.

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Early signing day: Notre Dame, Pitt, Kentucky among Power 5 schools to land WPIAL, City League recruits
December 15, 2021
The excitement of signing day used to be limited to February, but that changed five years ago when the NCAA added an early signing period for Division I football.

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Rochester running back Sal Laure carries through the line during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Rochester.
Big Seven: Cornell, Rochester lead all-conference team, share top player awards
December 14, 2021
The Big Seven was competitive this fall, with every team winning at least two conference games.

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Leechburg quarterback Thomas Burke tries to avoid Bishop Canevin’s Lesae Lacks in a game Oct. 8 at Leechburg’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Eastern: Leechburg, Clairton earn top individual awards on all-conference team
Leechburg quarterback Thomas Burke finished fifth among all WPIAL passers this season, earning the senior Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Eastern Conference.

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California’s Damani Stafford carries against Monessen on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Tri-County South: Top rushers Landan Stevenson, Colin Brady lead all-conference selections
Mapletown’s Landan Stevenson and West Greene’s Colin Brady play for small schools but they put up big numbers.

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Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt dives into the end zone to score his second touchdown against Serra Catholic on Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
Allegheny: Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt leads all-conference team as 2-way standout
Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns, but Allegheny Conference coaches recognized the senior wasn’t only an offensive star.

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LaRoi Johnson (middle) reacts during a skills challenge at a 7-on-7 football tournament July 28, 2021, at Bethel Park.
LaRoi Johnson resigns as Sto-Rox football coach, athletic director
December 13, 2021
Football coach LaRoi Johnson, who led Sto-Rox to the WPIAL finals twice in his four seasons, said he resigned Monday as coach and athletic director.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A final on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa has ‘no legitimate complaint’ about competitive-balance rule, says PIAA executive director
December 12, 2021
HERSHEY — The state’s competitive-balance rule is working as originally intended, despite Aliquippa football’s strong objections to playing bigger schools, says the PIAA’s top administrator.

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The Mt. Lebanon football team hoists the state championship trophy after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A final on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mt. Lebanon dethrones St. Joseph’s Prep to win 1st state championship
December 11, 2021
HERSHEY – There’s a new champion in PIAA Class 6A football, which surely surprises much of the state.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
PIAA Class 6A football championship breakdown: Mt. Lebanon vs. St. Joseph’s Prep
PIAA Class 6A football championship

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons (50) tackles Wyomissing Area’s Amory Thompson for a loss during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA Class 3A football championship breakdown: Central Valley vs. Wyomissing
PIAA Class 3A football championship

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich celebrates a State College turnover during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Mt. Lebanon facing daunting challenge in state’s premier big-school program St. Joseph’s Prep
December 10, 2021
Nobody was too surprised to see St. Joseph’s Prep in Hershey. Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko certainly wasn’t.

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Southern Columbia’s Braeden Wisloski scores past Serra Catholic’s Elijah Ward during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Southern Columbia routs Serra Catholic, rolls to 5th consecutive PIAA title
HERSHEY — Serra Catholic punched and pulled at the football all afternoon, but the Eagles couldn’t wrestle the state championship from Southern Columbia’s steely grip.

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Aliquippa’s Naquan Crowder celebrates next to Jason McBride during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa beats odds, wins PIAA Class 4A championship
December 9, 2021
HERSHEY — Aliquippa has a Class A enrollment, yet the small-school Quips were crowned Thursday night as the best 4A football team in the state.

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Serra Catholic’s Terrell Booth intercepts a pass infront of Beaver Falls’ Mekhi Clark and returns it for a touchdown during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 2A football championship breakdown: Serra Catholic vs. Southern Columbia
PIAA Class 2A football championship

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Imhotep Charter’s Enai White celebrates after dropping Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner to seal the game Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
PIAA Class 5A football championship breakdown: Penn-Trafford vs. Imhotep Charter
PIAA Class 5A football championship

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes picks up yardage during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 4A football championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Bishop McDevitt
PIAA Class 4A championship

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Aliquippa lineman Naquan Crowder pressures Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa’s slimmed-down 300-pounders face heavy workload in state finals
December 8, 2021
At 6-foot-4 and 345 pounds, Aliquippa’s Naquan Crowder fits in nicely on one of the heaviest offensive lines in the state, but a commitment made by the team’s linemen to improve their fitness has him feeling lighter on his feet.

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PIAA state championship gold medals wait to be distributed during the soccer finals on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
PIAA delays release of updated enrollment numbers to fix vo-tech issue
The PIAA delayed the release of its updated enrollment numbers for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 sports seasons until January after discovering some school districts used inconsistent methods for counting their vo-tech students.

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WPIAL schedules hearing to address racial allegations against South Side football team
The WPIAL has scheduled a hearing Dec. 21 to address racial allegations stemming from a football playoff game last month between South Side and Steel Valley.

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Laurel running back Luke McCoy works out during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
Midwestern: Laurel’s Luke McCoy, Beaver Falls’ Mekhi Clark top all-conference team
December 6, 2021
Laurel running back Luke McCoy, who ranked among the WPIAL rushing leaders this season, was honored three times by Midwestern coaches in all-conference voting.

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Wash High’s Davoun Fuse during practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at Washington High Stadium Football Stadium.
Century: 9 Washington players named all-conference, Davoun Fuse voted MVP
Washington’s Davoun Fuse proved himself to be a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 11 touchdowns and running for 14 more, results that earned the junior MVP honors in the Class 2A Century Conference.

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Sto-Rox’s Jaymar Pearson returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter against Avonworth on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Three Rivers: Sto-Rox leads conference honors with 9 players on 1st team
Sto-Rox outscored Three Rivers opponents 201-12 this season, a dominance that saw quarterback Josh Jenkins and running back Jaymar Pearson named Offensive co-MVPs in the Class 2A conference.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko coaches with a heavy heart during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against State College on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko returns to PIAA football finals with heavy heart
December 5, 2021
The mood at Mansion Park Stadium was jubilant as Mt. Lebanon’s football team won a state semifinal for the first time in school history, yet amid the celebration coach Bob Palko held back tears.

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Dave DeGregorio coaches North Catholic during a playoff game against Quaker Valley on March 8 in Leetsdale. He is now the head coach at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny takes on new look with DeGregorio back at the helm
Blue tape forms Xs, boxes and lines on North Allegheny’s basketball court, visual guides put down by boys coach Dave DeGregorio to teach a new offense.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich celebrates after scoring his second touchdown during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against State College on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Mt. Lebanon trounces State College, earns 1st trip to Hershey for state football finals
December 4, 2021
ALTOONA — Mt. Lebanon already proved itself as the best team in the WPIAL. Last week they added the title of best team in all of Western Pennsylvania.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark picks up yardage during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa scores 27 consecutive points in PIAA semifinal victory over Jersey Shore
December 3, 2021
EBENSBURG — Six minutes saved Aliquippa’s state title hopes.

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Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson scores on an interception return next to A’Zjuan Marshall during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game against OLSH on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
5 things to watch: How many WPIAL teams will reach PIAA football finals?
Could the WPIAL send five or six teams to Hershey?

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes runs for a long gain past the Belle Vernon sideline during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Only 14, freshman Tiqwai Hayes shoulders leading role in Aliquippa’s playoff run
When he’s avoiding tacklers and scoring touchdowns at a place like Heinz Field, it’s easy to forget Tiqwai Hayes is only 14 years old.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish pressures North Allegheny’s J.R. Burton and Logan Kushner during their game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish stays committed to Notre Dame as coach Brian Kelly exits
December 2, 2021
Central Catholic senior Donovan Hinish had just eaten dinner with a Notre Dame assistant shortly before he heard Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was leaving for LSU.

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Central Valley’s Jack Bible catches a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 3A championship Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Northwestern Six: Central Valley tops all-conference picks with 13 spots on 1st team
Central Valley earned 13 first-team spots on the Northwestern Six all-conference team with Sean FitzSimmons, Jack Bible and Jayvin Thompson honored on both sides of the football.

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North Catholic head coach Pat O’Shea talks with his team after practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
Allegheny Seven: North Catholic wins 4 individual awards in all-conference voting
North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski, Tyler Primrose and Andrew Stephens, who led the Trojans to the WPIAL finals, all earned individual player awards in all-conference voting for the Allegheny Seven.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield stiff-arms South Allegheny’s Akell Carrington on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Interstate: Elizabeth Forward’s Brownfield, Southmoreland’s Govern top all-conference team
December 1, 2021
Elizabeth Forward’s defense allowed only 28 points combined in six conference games, a dominance that led Interstate coaches to name senior DaVontay Brownfield as the conference’s top defensive player.

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McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Big Eight: Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd lead all-conference team
Thomas Jefferson was dethroned from its familiar spot atop the Big Eight this season, and two of the players most responsible received individual honors in all-conference voting.

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Hampton’s Christian Liberto straight-arms Greensburg Salem’s Christian Hosteler in the first half at Hampton High School on Friday, Oct 1, 2021.
Greater Allegheny: Hampton rewarded for conference title with 9 spots on 1st team
Hampton celebrated its first conference title since 2014, an achievement recognized in all-conference voting.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark picks up a first down against Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock during the WPIAL Class 4A championship Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Parkway: Aliquippa leads all-conference voting with 14 players on 1st team
November 30, 2021
Aliquippa outscored Parkway opponents 237-40 this fall, a regular-season dominance that was reflected in voting for the all-conference team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Big East: Penn-Trafford lands 12 players, coach on all-conference football team
A dozen Penn-Trafford football players earned first-team all-conference honors from a Warriors team that went unbeaten in the Big East and won a WPIAL title Saturday.

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Penn Hills’ Jaden Dugger intercepts a pass intended for Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Northeast: Dugger brothers among 7 Penn Hills players named all-conference
Penn Hills brothers Julian and Jaden Dugger, a dynamic quarterback-receiver combination for the Indians, each earned first-team all-conference honors in the Class 5A Northeast.

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Moon’s Dylan Sleva carries for a long gain during the fourth quarter against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
Allegheny Six: Moon’s senior class well represented on all-conference team
Moon’s deep and talented senior class, which led the Tigers to the WPIAL finals for the first time since 1998, was well represented on the Allegheny 6 all-conference team.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko is congratulated after winning the WPIAL Class 6A final over Central Catholic.
Class 6A: Mt. Lebanon leads WPIAL all-conference honors with 9 players, coach
Mt. Lebanon won its first WPIAL title in 21 years, and the undefeated Blue Devils were recognized for their season-long success with nine first-team spots on the all-conference team for Class 6A.

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The Aliquippa football team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Aliquippa celebrates ‘incredible, shameful’ victory over Belle Vernon in WPIAL Class 4A final
November 27, 2021
Small-school Aliquippa might be short on students, but nobody has more WPIAL football titles than the Quips.

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Central Valley’s Matt Merritt rolls out to pass against Aliquippa on Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit.
Central Valley seeks 3rd straight WPIAL title, unbeaten North Catholic could spoil plans
When Central Valley takes the field Saturday, this will be the third WPIAL championship appearance in a row for some of the team’s starters.

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Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus (right) celebrates with his team after defeating Beaver Falls, 35-12, in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Serra Catholic forces 9 turnovers, wins for coach in WPIAL Class 2A finals
November 26, 2021
Serra Catholic coach Jose Regus wore a hat at Heinz Field that said “battle,” a brand name of sportswear, but also one word that captures both his determination to coach and his defense’s relentlessness to win.

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North Catholic quarterback Joey Prentice works out on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
WPIAL Class 3A football championship breakdown: Central Valley vs. North Catholic
WPIAL Class 3A football championship

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Mt. Lebanon nose tackle William Henry plays against Central Catholic on Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon’s latest title gives youngest Harvey brother equal bragging rights at Thanksgiving dinner
November 23, 2021
Thanksgiving means family, food and football in the Harvey household, and as the youngest of eight kids, William Harvey grew up hearing stories from the time his oldest brother won a WPIAL title.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
PIAA releases sites, times for state football quarterfinal round
November 22, 2021
PIAA football playoffs

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Moon head coach Ryan Linn hugs Jeremiah Dean after Dean’s touchdown against Penn Hills during WPIAL Class 5A semifinal action on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
5 things we learned: Some WPIAL finalists wait decades for championship chance
Welcome to Heinz Field.

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Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark tries to fight off the tackle of Central Valley’s Landon Alexander during a game Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
If forced to Class 5A, Aliquippa might consider leaving WPIAL football for independent schedule
November 21, 2021
Forcing the Aliquippa football team to play schools two, three or four times its size isn’t safe or fair, regardless of whether the Quips are winning those games, says the school district’s top administrator.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win in the WPIAL 6A final against Central Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at Norwin Senior High School.
Alex Tecza’s 4 TDs help lift Mt. Lebanon to 1st WPIAL football title in 21 years
November 20, 2021
Central Catholic had about six weeks to devise a new strategy for stopping Alex Tecza, Eli Heidenreich and Joey Daniels, yet the three seniors and their Mt. Lebanon teammates proved undeniable.

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Central Catholic’s Gannon Carothers hurdles Mt. Lebanon’s Tommy Boehner during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL 6A football championship breakdown: Mt. Lebanon vs. Central Catholic
WPIAL Class 6A football championship

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North Allegheny’s Maura Mlecko shows off her four PIAA cross country medals after helping the Tigers to the 2021 state title.
North Allegheny’s Mlecko steps into PIAA cross country history books as 4-time team champion
There was a time when Maura Mlecko was the freshman on North Allegheny’s cross country team, running at the state championship meet in Hershey for the first time. But like runners on that course, four years can go by fast.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries against Central Catholic’s Devin Barren during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon seeks 1st WPIAL title in decades vs. Central Catholic team familiar with finals
On one sideline will be Mt. Lebanon, the undefeated No. 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs that is making its first championship appearance since 2000.

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Moon’s Jeremiah Dean cruises into the end zone against Penn Hills during a WPIAL 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at Newman Stadium.
Moon headed to 1st WPIAL final since 1998 after topping Penn Hills in semis
November 19, 2021
Heinz Field hadn’t been built the last time Moon made the WPIAL football finals, but the Tigers are headed there now.

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Moon’s Ben Bladel celebrates with Dylan Sleva late in their game against Bethel Park on Friday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Moon.
Seeking 1st WPIAL finals trip since 1998, No. 1 Moon faces Penn Hills in semifinals
A sign hanging inside Moon’s football stadium chronicles the milestone years in team history. One look at that board reminds the current Tigers that their team hasn’t reached the WPIAL finals in more than two decades.

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North Allegheny swimming brings back retired coach to replace Patrick Wenzel
November 18, 2021
Citing personal reasons, title-winning North Allegheny swimming coach Patrick Wenzel resigned this fall after leading the WPIAL’s top program for eight years.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit to be live streamed Wednesday on TribLive HSSN
November 17, 2021
Athletes from dozens of Western Pennsylvania high schools will gather Wednesday morning at the Heinz History Center for the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit, which will be streamed live on TribLive HSSN.

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North Allegheny tops Shaler, earns 5th consecutive trip to state volleyball finals
North Allegheny will try for No. 5.

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Hampton girls volleyball rallies past Freeport, reaches PIAA Class 3A final for 1st time
November 16, 2021
Two sets away from a trip to the state volleyball finals, perhaps the Freeport girls showed their age for the first time all season.

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WPIAL investigates allegations of ‘racial bigotry, unsportsmanlike play’ by South Side football team
November 15, 2021
The WPIAL is investigating accusations of “racial bigotry and unsportsmanlike play” levied against the South Side football team.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman defends a shot against Shaler’s Mia Schubert and Cabndace Kozej (85) during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center.
Fox Chapel to host semifinal doubleheader in PIAA girls volleyball tournament
November 14, 2021
Fox Chapel will host a semifinal doubleheader Tuesday night in the girls volleyball state tournament.

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Seneca Valley’s Max Marcotte battles Peters Twp.’s Dylan Shaw for possession during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA announces sites, times for state soccer semifinals
The WPIAL will have at least seven soccer teams in the state finals, and the league could have a finalist in all eight championship games. The PIAA on Sunday announced sites and times for the state semifinals with seven all-WPIAL matchups among them.

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OLSH quarterback Neimiah Azeem hands off to Stephen Greer during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
5 things we learned: Big Seven keeps WPIAL Class A unpredictable
The WPIAL’s smallest classification was also its most unpredictable this fall, but Our Lady of the Sacred Heart coach Dan Bradley says he isn’t surprised by who is still standing.

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Kiski Area lineman Brandon Lawhorn Moore will play for Miami (Ohio) next season.
Kiski Area lineman Brandon Lawhorn Moore commits to Miami (Ohio)
November 13, 2021
Kiski Area’s Brandon Lawhorn Moore, one of the WPIAL’s top offensive line recruits, committed Saturday to Miami (Ohio).

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
WPIAL announces sites for football semifinals
The WPIAL on Saturday revealed host sites for next weekend’s 10 football semifinals.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Joe Lekse celebrates his second touchdown against Hampton with Nick Florian on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton..
Thomas Jefferson returns to WPIAL semifinals with dominant win over Hampton
November 12, 2021
Hampton’s offense had posted extraordinary rushing numbers all season, but Thomas Jefferson knows a little about running the football, too.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch: Class 6A football teams 1 win away from WPIAL finals
No player on Mt. Lebanon’s football roster was yet born the last time the Blue Devils reached the WPIAL finals.

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Hampton’s Christian Liberto stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Christian Hosteler in the first half Oct. 1.
Hampton hopes to make noise vs. defending WPIAL champ Thomas Jefferson
November 11, 2021
The sound of a train horn punctuates Hampton home games, thanks to an ardent Talbots fan at a nearby home.

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Pine-Richland’s Rylie Wollerton plays against Hempfield Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 at Pine-Richland High School.
Coaches announce 2021 WPIAL field hockey all-stars
November 10, 2021
Days after winning WPIAL titles, the Pine-Richland, Penn-Trafford and Shady Side Academy field hockey teams had another reason to celebrate Wednesday. Combined, the three WPIAL champions had 15 players honored as WPIAL all-stars.

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Pine-Richland players celebrate after winning the WPIAL Class 3A field hockey title Oct. 30, 2021, at Washington & Jefferson.
3 WPIAL field hockey champions to host PIAA openers Tuesday
November 7, 2021
No Western Pennsylvania field hockey team has reached the PIAA finals in the sport’s 47-year history, but three WPIAL squads will try as they start their state tournament quest Tuesday.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman defends a shot against Shaler’s Mia Schubert and Cabndace Kozej (85) during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris UPMC Center.
Sites, times announced for PIAA girls volleyball tournament
The North Allegheny girls volleyball team will begin its quest for a fifth consecutive state title at home Tuesday.

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Moon players celebrate after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA announces sites, times for state soccer playoff openers
The PIAA revealed sites and times for first-round matchups in the state soccer playoffs and all eight WPIAL champions have home games.

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New Brighton’s Keandre Williams works out during practice Aug. 5.
5 things we learned: Home-field advantage didn’t guarantee wins in WPIAL 1st round
November 6, 2021
There are high school football stadiums in Western Pennsylvania where visiting teams rarely win. New Brighton walked into one of those daunting places Friday night and confidently won.

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North Allegheny’s Eva Kynaston finishes fourth in the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Freshmen runners help North Allegheny boys, girls again sweep WPIAL titles
The starting line at a cross country championship can be a stressful scene for first-timers, yet North Allegheny’s freshmen clearly weren’t fazed.

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Peters Township’s Jacob Mascosko avoids North Hills’ Liam Tracey during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at Martorelli Stadium.
Long passes let No. 11 Peters Township upset North Hills in WPIAL playoffs
In many ways, Peters Township quarterback Sam Miller epitomizes his football team.

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Clairton’s Greg Lee carries the ball in practice.
5 things to watch: First-round byes create new twist for WPIAL football playoffs
November 5, 2021
Byes, byes, byes.

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North Hills’ John Green scores a second-quarter touchdown against Pine-Richland on Oct. 15 at Martorelli Stadium.
North Hills, Peters Township hope to out-perform their seeds in ‘wide open’ 5A
November 4, 2021
The No. 11 is listed next to Peters Township’s name on the WPIAL football brackets, but the Indians sure don’t feel like a double-digit seed.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish pressures North Allegheny quarterback Tanner Potts during the second quarter on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL football likely down to 7 teams in 6A as PIAA releases 2022-23 parameters
November 2, 2021
The WPIAL’s largest football classification — 6A — is likely getting smaller again.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries against Central Catholic’s Devin Barren during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Breaking down the 2021 WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2021
Class 6A

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins carries past Serra’s Michael Schanck during their game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
WPIAL reveals football playoff brackets, surprises with No. 1 seed in 2A
In the span of a year, Steel Valley went from a one-win season to the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL football playoffs.

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North Allegheny offensive coordinator Mike Buchert talks with lineman Abdallah Daud during the Tigers’ practice on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Unsung line coach has helped North Allegheny win battles in trenches for 3 decades
Who decided that the running backs and wide receivers are called skill-position players? North Allegheny line coach Mike Buchert strongly disagrees.

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Central Vallley’s Landon Alexander celebrates his first touchdown with assistant coach Shawn McCreary during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
2021 WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan predict football playoffs
For the second year in a row, football coaches won’t crowd into a Green Tree ballroom to see the WPIAL playoff brackets announced. Instead, the brackets will be revealed in a video livestream at 6 p.m. Saturday on TribLive HSSN.

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Steel Valley’s NiJhay Burt stiff-arms Serra’s Ryan Brooks during their game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in Munhall.
Nijhay Burt carries No. 5 Steel Valley past Serra Catholic to clinch Allegheny Conference title
October 29, 2021
WPIAL rushing leader Nijhay Burt was averaging 2 yards a carry on his first 10 tries Friday night, yet nobody this season has frustrated the Steel Valley star for an entire game.

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Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher tracks a pass during practice.
5 things to watch in Week 9: Winner-takes-all matchups in 2 WPIAL conferences
Serra Catholic hasn’t celebrated a conference title since 2007, and the 14 seasons since included some lean years for the Eagles. The team went winless in 2012 and endured one-win seasons in 2013 and ’14.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
5 things we learned in Week 8: Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher delivers again in must-win game
October 24, 2021
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher has delivered many times before in must-win situations, but those often had him holding a basketball in his hands.

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Robbie Labuda and his Mt. Pleasant teammates joined the WPIAL Class 3A rankings this week.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 23, 2021
October 23, 2021
Class 6A

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Brownsville leaving WPIAL football for independent schedule
Leaving WPIAL football was an idea Brownsville athletic director Scott Roebuck once was adamantly against, but now he agrees that drastic move is the best chance to save the program.

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The North Allegheny girls volleyball team is the four-time defending PIAA champion.
Rare defeat helped North Allegheny girls volleyball players refocus
The winning streak had stood at 57 section victories when the North Allegheny girls volleyball team saw its unbeaten run stunningly end this season.

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Moon’s Ben Bladel sacks Bethel Park quarterback Max Blanc during their game on Friday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Moon.
No. 1 Moon shuts out Bethel Park, clinches Allegheny Six title
October 22, 2021
Moon has a fondness for physical football, clock-consuming drives and 225-pound running backs.

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North Hills’ Liam Tracey break the tackle attempt by Kiski’s Dominic Dininno on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Martorelli Stadium.
5 things to watch in Week 8: Home field at stake for WPIAL 1st round and quarterfinals
There’s no place like home, especially in the playoffs.

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Bethel Park’s Troy Volpatti competes against Gateway on Sept. 18, 2020.
Winless a year ago, Bethel Park challenges Moon for conference title in Allegheny Six
A year after going winless, the Bethel Park football players have a chance this week to call themselves champions of the Allegheny Six.

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Allderdice’s Jaerone Parker carries against Brashear during a City League semifinal on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
Allderdice wins rematch with Brashear, returns to City League championship
October 21, 2021
Using Jaerone Parker as a wildcat quarterback was a new wrinkle Allderdice added to its game plan this week while preparing to face Brashear for the second time in eight days.

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New Castle head coach Bill Cook and pitcher Rocco Bernadina celebrate together on the field after defeating Wyoming Area in the PIAA class 4A state championship on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Penn State University in State College.
4 WPIAL coaches earn statewide honor from PIAA
October 20, 2021
Four WPIAL coaches earned state coach of the year honors from the PIAA for the 2020-21 school year.

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WPIAL says Plum football used ineligible player, must forfeit game
October 18, 2021
The Plum football team used an ineligible player in some games this season, the WPIAL decided Monday, meaning the Mustangs must forfeit those contests.

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Gateway’s Patrick Body Jr. is tackled by Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli on Oct. 8.
Gateway hopes for strong finish after season full of growing pains
October 17, 2021
Gateway football players receive a video scouting report every Sunday from coach Don Holl that starts with an update on the state of the season.

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Brashear receiver Ta’Mere Robinson catches a pass during practice on Sept. 8, 2020.
Five things we learned in Week 7: City League star, state’s top junior sidelined for season
October 16, 2021
One of Pennsylvania’s top football players may miss the rest of his junior season with a knee injury.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 16, 2021
Class 6A

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Moon’s Dylan Sleva carries for a long gain during the fourth quarter against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
Dylan Sleva drives dominant 4th quarter as No. 1 Moon outlasts Upper St. Clair
October 15, 2021
There wasn’t much surprise whenever Dylan Sleva got the football in the fourth quarter, yet Moon kept feeding their 225-pound battering ram.

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North Catholic players work out on the first day of heat drills during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Cranberry.
5 things to watch in Week 7: North Catholic leads WPIAL defenses chasing zeroes
Zero has become North Catholic’s favorite number.

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Upper St. Clair celebrates Ethan Hiester’s touchdown against Penn Hills on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Upper St. Clair revamps offense mid-season, readies ‘wildcat’ for No. 1 Moon
October 14, 2021
An old football adage says if you’re playing two quarterbacks, you actually have none.

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Penn Hills’ Ava Adamski sets against Franklin Regional on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021at Penn Hills High School.
PIAA eases preseason practice requirements for most sports, not football
October 13, 2021
The PIAA says it’s OK to skip practice.

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Imani Christian’s Alier Maluk
Kentucky coach John Calipari visits Imani Christian to see 6-10 freshman phenom
October 12, 2021
Imani Christian is a small school in East Hills, yet Saints basketball coach Khayree Wilson welcomed one of college basketball’s biggest names Tuesday.

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The Central Valley student section celebrates the Warriors’ first touchdown during the first quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
WPIAL launches league-wide food drive with competitive twist
October 11, 2021
The WPIAL launched a league-wide food drive Monday that runs until Oct. 23 and since sports teams are involved, it comes with a competitive twist. Participating schools will compete against one another to donate the most meals.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Grayson Dee catches a pass in the rain over Central Catholic’s JD Younger during the third quarter on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things we learned in Week 6 of H.S. football: ‘You can’t control the weather’
October 10, 2021
After rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns on Friday, Mt. Lebanon running back Alex Tecza didn’t sleep well that night.

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Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 9, 2021
October 9, 2021
Class 6A

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries against Central Catholic’s Devin Barren during their game on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon shows ‘toughness’ in lightning-delayed win over No. 1 Central Catholic
Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels dislocated a finger on his left hand Friday night while catching a trick-play touchdown, but he was back behind center Saturday morning to finish the lightning-delayed game.

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North Allegheny’s Connor Chi celebrates his goal withTrey Gallo during the Class AAA state championship game against Malvern Prep on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Defending PIHL champion North Allegheny plans to enjoy the ride
The lake wasn’t frozen, so the North Allegheny hockey team traded its sticks for oars and competed in the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival at North Park.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko leads his team onto the field for their game against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Lightning postpones Central Catholic vs. Mt. Lebanon football game to Saturday
October 8, 2021
When Central Catholic visited Mt. Lebanon on Friday night, the game was supposed to be electric, not the weather.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza celebrates with teammates after scoring on a penalty shot against Kiski Area on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
WPIAL recognizes 5 schools with Sportsmanship Award
Six-time winner Hampton was among five schools named Friday as recipients of the WPIAL Sportsmanship Award, joining Derry, Laurel, Moon and Upper St. Clair.

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North Hills’ Robert Dickerson commits to Bucknell for both football, baseball
College football coaches want Robert Dickerson as a slot receiver, but the North Hills senior knew he didn’t want to put away his baseball glove and bat for good.

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The Gateway football team takes the field before the start of its game against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
5 things to watch in Week 6: De facto conference champions to be crowned?
October 7, 2021
No, it’s not over ‘til it’s over.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Mt Lebanon.
Central Catholic, Mt. Lebanon battle for 1st place in WPIAL Class 6A
Unlike last week, there won’t be any motivational banner hanging over Mt. Lebanon’s locker room entrance.

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Clairton’s Tyler Boyd scores against Southern Columbia during the fourth quarter of the 2011 PIAA Class A state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
5 things we learned in Week 5 of H.S. football: Clairton’s 66-game streak is safe
October 2, 2021
The Wyomissing football team might have a thank you gift headed its way with a Clairton postmark on the package. Suddenly, the Bears are huge fans of the high school near Reading.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Oct. 3, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring the Tigers’ first goal against Seneca Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in McCandless. NA won, 2-0.
North Allegheny girls soccer gets defensive in WPIAL title defense
As two-time reigning WPIAL champions, the girls on North Allegheny’s soccer team are trying to defend their title again this fall, with an added emphasis on the word “defend.”

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock scores past Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher during the second quarter on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Devin Whitlock shines but sophomore shares spotlight as Belle Vernon tops Laurel Highlands
October 1, 2021
If this matchup was meant to decide the most-dangerous playmaker in the Big Eight, Devin Whitlock certainly made his case.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska leads the WPIAL with 1,186 passing yards. He has 12 touchdown passes.
5 things to watch in high school football’s Week 5
September 30, 2021
Greensburg Salem, Laurel Highlands and Steel Valley lead a collection of WPIAL football teams enjoying a revival this fall.

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WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman
WPIAL director joins Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank coalition
September 27, 2021
WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman, who is leading a league-wide food drive this fall, was named Monday to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Sports and Media Coalition.

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Laurel head coach Brian Cooper works with his team during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
5 things we learned in Week 4 of H.S. football: 16 teams remain unbeaten at midway point
September 26, 2021
Laurel football coach Brian Cooper has the Spartans off to a 5-0 start, likely for the first time since 1977, but the Spartans aren’t slowing down to celebrate.

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Central Catholic’s Matthew Petruzzi Jr. (left) and Keith Cushenberry celebrate on defense during their game against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 26, 2021
September 25, 2021
Class 6A

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The North Allegheny girls golf team is off to a 12-1 start in 2021.
North Allegheny girls golfers chasing individual, team success
Many of the golfers on North Allegheny’s girls team already have their own swing instructors, so first-year coach Sarah Morrison tries not to tinker much with their mechanics.

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Central Catholic’s Gannon Carothers carries past North Allegheny’s Nate Spak during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic tops North Allegheny in rematch of WPIAL Class 6A championship
September 24, 2021
Central Catholic has a new-look offense with ties to an NFL coach, but the Vikings haven’t abandoned what made them two-time defending WPIAL champions.

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North Allegheny’s JR Burton catches a pass during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in McCandless.
Central Catholic, North Allegheny meet in rematch of WPIAL Class 6A championship
North Allegheny maybe isn’t the trendy pick in WPIAL championship talk, but the next few weeks could change that discussion.

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Derry head coach Vince Skillings works with his team during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week 4: Covid cancellations not always ‘no-contest’
September 23, 2021
The WPIAL’s message is clear: Not every covid-related cancellation will be excused as no-contest.

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Carlynton head coach Rich Piccinini talks with quarterback Devonte Dean during the second quarter against Riverview on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Oakmont.
Carlynton football cancellation leads to Serra Catholic vs. Freeport matchup Friday
September 22, 2021
Carlynton canceled its nonconference football game scheduled for Friday against Serra Catholic because of covid-19 cases, but Serra needed little time to find new opponent.

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Bishop Canevin’s Eli Wilson looks on during a game against Springdale last Friday.
After near-death experience, Bishop Canevin senior writing comeback story on football field
In a helmet and shoulder pads, Eli Wilson looks just like thousands of other high school football players across Western Pennsylvania. But the Bishop Canevin senior has a remarkable life story that started tragically before turning triumphant.

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WPIAL sets covid-19 cancellation policy, won’t require vaccinations for officials
September 20, 2021
A regular-season contest canceled because of covid-19 can be declared a “no-contest” rather than a forfeit, but first the WPIAL intends to make sure teams aren’t bending the rules to avoid an opponent.

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Perry’s Tyreese Fearbry is interviewed during the TribLive HSSN Preseason Football Team event at Kennywood on July 22, 2021.
No longer Penn State-bound, Perry’s Tyreese Fearbry chooses Kentucky
September 19, 2021
Six weeks after decommiting from Penn State, Perry senior Tyreese Fearbry has a new plan for college.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne Jr. catches a pass during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Collier.
Chartiers Valley cornerback Lamont Payne commits to Penn State
Chartiers Valley junior defensive back Lamont Payne committed to Penn State on Saturday while on campus to watch the Nittany Lions’ win over Auburn.

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Bishop Canevin’s Jason Cross throws a pass during practice on Aug. 24, 2021.
5 things we learned in Week 3 of H.S. football: Bishop Canevin joins Class A conversation
September 18, 2021
Rebuilding a football program traditionally takes playbooks and practice, but Bishop Canevin coach Rich Johnson added tree pruners and paint brushes to his list.

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Springdale’s Logan Dexter wraps up Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson during the first half Friday. Bishop Canevin won and claimed third in the WPIAL Class A rankings.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 19, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Graham Wolfe competes during the 2020 season.
Strong freshman class adds to lineup for defending PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams
When your boys and girls teams are both defending WPIAL and PIAA cross country champions, what do you do this fall for an encore?

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Sto-Rox’s Jaymar Pearson celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter against Avonworth on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Sto-Rox’s big-play defense steals momentum, finds end zone in win over Avonworth
Jaymar Pearson had already shed his Sto-Rox jersey in the minutes after Friday night’s win, but Avonworth’s coach recognized him even without a No. 7 on his back.

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Avonworth quarterback Nate Harper talks with head coach Duke Johncour during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
After 11 shutout quarters, Sto-Rox defense draws big test from Avonworth
September 17, 2021
The point totals on Sto-Rox’s side of the scoreboard are often eye-catching, but the numbers next to their opponent have been noteworthy as well this fall.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko watches practice Aug. 11.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week 3: Coaches like nonconference tune-ups
September 16, 2021
The sprint to the WPIAL playoffs starts now.

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PIAA worried teams using covid-19 issues to avoid unfavorable opponents
September 15, 2021
The PIAA is worried teams may be using covid-19 issues as a way to avoid an unfavorable opponent, so the board on Wednesday debated at length a policy that would’ve made regular season cancellations forfeits.

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PIAA board approves vaccine mandate for officials, doesn’t foresee shortage
The PIAA does not expect its covid-19 vaccination mandate to cause a shortage of game officials since the new policy applies only to inter-district state tournament games.

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Harrisburg’s Nayquan Prather roughs up Pine-Richland Ethan Pillar during their game on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena. Prather was ejected from the game.
PIAA requires covid-19 vaccination for all officials working state playoffs
September 14, 2021
The PIAA will require its game officials in all sports to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to work any state postseason contests this fall.

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North Allegheny’s Jacob Porter (left) and Tyree Alualu work out together during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in McCandless.
Nearly forced to move with NFL free agent father, Tyree Alualu excelling as North Allegheny linebacker
September 12, 2021
North Allegheny linebacker Tyree Alualu is already making an impact as a first-year starter in the middle of the Tigers defense, but the sophomore standout nearly spent this fall playing football for another high school, likely in Florida.

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Keystone Oaks coach Greg Perry on Friday’s game against Chartiers Valley: “For entertainment, the people who paid to get into that stadium got their five dollars’ worth.”
5 things we learned in Week 2 of H.S. football
September 11, 2021
Time inevitably erases memories from blowout games with lopsided scores, regardless of whether you’re on the winning or losing side.

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Moon players celebrate after defeating Woodland Hills on Sept. 10, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 12, 2021
Class 6A

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Central Vallley’s Landon Alexander dives into the end zone to score during the second quarter against Aliquippa on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Central Valley’s Landon Alexander gets birthday wish, defeats rival Aliquippa
Landon Alexander wished for a win on his 18th birthday.

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Aliquippa, Central Valley anticipate electric atmosphere as rivalry renews
September 10, 2021
The cement stands may be weathered, the grass field might be bumpy and the vintage light towers have rust, but few WPIAL football venues can match the atmosphere of a big crowd at historic Aschman Stadium in Aliquippa.

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Cyair Clark and his Aliquippa teammates will face Central Valley in a hand-scheduled rivalry matchup Friday.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week 2: Handmade schedule a hit
September 9, 2021
Man or machine?

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Basketball standout Debaba Tshiebwe eligible after transfer to Central Catholic, WPIAL decides
September 8, 2021
Central Catholic transfer Debaba Tshiebwe, a basketball standout who arrived this summer from a private school in Ohio, is fully eligible for the regular season and playoffs this winter.

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Ellwood City head coach Joe Lamenza talks with Carter Lutz during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Ellwood City.
Ellwood City, OLSH cancel Week 2 football games
September 7, 2021
Ellwood City and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each canceled their scheduled football games this week because of covid-related issues.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Kameron Eggerton (34) celebrates with Angelo Volomino after sealing the victory against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Trib HSSN high school football rankings: Sept. 5, 2021
September 4, 2021
Class 6A

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Shaler coach Jim Ryan on his team’s 2-0 start: “We’re excited. Everybody’s having a good time. … I couldn’t be more proud of our kids.”
What we learned in Week 1 of H.S. football
More than two dozen WPIAL football teams are off to 2-0 starts, but the most exciting could belong to Shaler Area.

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North Allegheny senior forward Evan Anderson (left) is one of three returning starters. Anderson led the team with 15 goals last season.
Underclassmen to play key roles for North Allegheny boys soccer
With few returning starters and a roster heavy in sophomores, North Allegheny coach Bobby Vosmaer told his boys soccer team to be ready.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Joe Lekse (3) celebrates his touchdown run with Nick Florian during the third quarter against Gateway Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Senior quarterback steps up, leads Thomas Jefferson past Gateway in battle of top-ranked teams
September 3, 2021
Quarterback was considered a big question mark for Thomas Jefferson, so coach Bill Cherpak intended to give a couple of players snaps there.

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Central Valley lineman Sean Fitzsimmons practices Aug. 9 in Center.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week 1: Teams roll with covid cancellations
September 2, 2021
If high school football teams were hoping covid shutdowns were left behind in 2020, this week shows they’re not gone yet.

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Westinghouse football game canceled because of covid case
Friday’s scheduled football game between Westinghouse and Kirtland (Ohio) will not be played because of a covid case within the City League school’s program.

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Beaver head coach Cort Rowse talks with his team during practice on Aug. 19, 2021, in Beaver.
Central Valley, Blackhawk left without Week 1 games after opponents cancel
September 1, 2021
In a dilemma reminiscent of last fall, Central Valley has started searching for a new opponent for Friday night’s football game.

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Bishop Sycamore’s Jeremy Naborne beats Sto-Rox’s Drevon Miller-Ross for a touchdown on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at the Wolvarena.
Bishop Sycamore under scrutiny after facing Sto-Rox, IMG Academy on same weekend
August 30, 2021
Sto-Rox and Bishop Sycamore both wore black uniforms for their football game Friday at the Wolvarena, but the matching outfits weren’t the most unusual part of the weekend for the online school from Columbus, Ohio.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish puts a hit onImhotep Charter’s Rahmir Stewart on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at the Wolvarena.
Trib HSSN WPIAL football rankings: Aug. 29, 2021
August 28, 2021
Class 6A

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher threw two touchdowns, ran for two more and intercepted two passes on defense in Week Zero.
5 things we learned in Week Zero of H.S. football
Rather than a double-double, two-sport star Rodney Gallagher recorded a double-triple.

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Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins rolls over Bishop Sycamore’s Charlie Polard for a touchdown on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at the Wolvarena.
Big-play defense leads Sto-Rox past Bishop Sycamore at Wolvarena
Sto-Rox’s high-scoring offense will have big nights this season, there’s little doubt about that.

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Imhotep Charter’s Enai White celebrates after dropping Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner to seal the game Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Philly power Imhotep Charter wears down Central Catholic with oversized offensive line
Two tight ends, a huge offensive line and a gritty running back gaining chucks of yardage at a time. This certainly was the style of offense Central Catholic usually would relish.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish (left) and Matt Aulicino work out during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Oakland.
Central Catholic draws Philadelphia power Imhotep Charter in cross-state Week Zero clash
August 27, 2021
Finding a willing Week Zero opponent nearby isn’t always easy for Central Catholic, the two-time defending WPIAL Class 6A champion.

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Pine-Richland head coach Steve Campos works with his team during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Pine.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the new coaches
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the biggest coaching moves for the 2021 season.

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South Fayette’s Justin Caputo is one of the WPIAL’s top kickers.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the kickers
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top kickers and punters for the 2021 season.

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Upper St. Clair’s Aidan Besselman (4) battles Mateo Cepullio for a pass during practice on Aug. 11.
5 things to watch in WPIAL football Week Zero: On opening night, teams have options
August 26, 2021
“Week Zero” is back.

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The Derry student section cheers at the start of a game against Mount Pleasant Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
WPIAL football teams welcome return to traditional ‘Friday night lights’ atmosphere
In any other year, there might have been huge crowds at Sarge Alberts Stadium to witness one of the most dominant seasons in WPIAL football history.

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Brashear receiver Ta’Mere Robinson catches a pass during practice on Sept. 8, 2020.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
August 25, 2021
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top safeties for the 2021 season.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher throws during work outs Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at Laurel Highlands High school.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the cornerbacks
August 24, 2021
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top cornerbacks for the 2021 season.

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Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Oakland.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the linebackers
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top linebackers for the 2021 season.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Boyd takes a snap during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Pine.
2021 WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Pine-Richland saga headlines offseason of change
The defending champion has a new coach. The preseason favorite has a new quarterback. The runner-up from last season has a whole lot of new faces.

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Aliquippa’s Chinua Solomon (4) celebrates his touchdown with Karl McBride during the 2019 WPIAL Class 3A championship game at Heinz Field.
WPIAL football finals to be played over 2 days at Heinz Field
August 23, 2021
For the first time, the WPIAL football championships will be a two-day event at Heinz Field this fall.

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Aliquippa receiver Darion Dixon celebrates with head coach Mike Warfield after catching a touchdown pass during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Aliquippa.
Aliquippa keeps punching above its weight … and winning
Because Aliquippa reached the WPIAL Class 4A finals last fall, coach Mike Warfield worries that achievement will overshadow one harsh reality.

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Central Valley lineman Sean Fitzsimmons works out with his linemates during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Center.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 22, 2021
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top defensive linemen for the 2021 season.

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Thomas Jefferson lineman Nick Bryan
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the offensive line
August 21, 2021
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top offensive linemen for the 2021 season.

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Butler tight end Charlie Kreinbucher (right) works out during practice Aug. 13, 2019.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the tight ends
August 20, 2021
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top tight ends for the 2021 season.

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North Hills receiver Robert Dickerson catches a pass during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, at Martorelli Stadium.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the wide receivers
August 19, 2021
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top wide receivers for the 2021 season.

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Pine-Richland head coach Steve Campos works with his team during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Pine.
After offseason upheaval, Pine-Richland has something to prove
Pine-Richland is a defending WPIAL and PIAA champion, but the Rams aren’t focused on last year. At this point, that undefeated season seems long ago.

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Central Valley running back Landon Alexander works out during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Center.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the running backs
August 18, 2021
Starting this week, TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top running backs for the 2021 season.

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Gateway’s Brad Birch looks to throw during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Gateway High School.
Gateway gladly wears bull’s-eye in WPIAL Class 5A
On paper, Gateway certainly has the look of a WPIAL contender.

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Gateway’s Brad Birch throws during practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at Gateway High School.
2021 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 17, 2021
Starting today, TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top quarterbacks for the 2021 season.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Upper St. Clair.
Like rivals, Upper St. Clair turns to new nucleus
Upper St. Clair’s conference was among the WPIAL’s deepest in recent years with senior-heavy rosters full of experience becoming the norm in the South Hills.

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Peters Twp. quarterback Sam Miller works out during practice on Aug. 12, 2021, in Peters.
Peters Township seniors hungry for bigger roles
When Peters Township snaps the football on opening night, returning center Anthony Brunette will be the lineman over the ball.

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Central Valley running back Landon Alexander works out during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Center.
After state championship blockbuster, Central Valley working on encore
August 14, 2021
The big question facing Central Valley this fall is: How do you top last season?

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Upper St. Clair head coach Mike Junko talks with his players during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Upper St. Clair.
U.S.-Canada border policy impacts Week Zero schedule for Upper St. Clair, Greensburg Central Catholic
August 13, 2021
In any other year, facing an international opponent would bring some excitement to Week Zero of football season.

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Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Mt Lebanon.
Culture change takes root under Bob Palko at Mt. Lebanon
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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North Allegheny’s JR Burton catches a pass during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in McCandless.
North Allegheny flying under Class 6A radar
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Charters Valley’s Mariah Turnbull (32) dribbles the ball against Gateway’s Alexis Margolis (2) during their game on Jan. 18, 2021.
Chartiers Valley’s Marian Turnbull commits to Northeastern
August 10, 2021
The record-setting Chartiers Valley girls team now has five rising seniors all committed to play basketball in college with three headed to Division I schools.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington (13) participates in the Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Wednesday June 2, 2021 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. (Karl Roser / Pittsburgh Steelers)
Mike Tomlin refutes report saying Steelers receiver James Washington wants traded
August 7, 2021
Despite a report saying James Washington was unhappy with his role and wanted to be traded, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he hasn’t heard those words from the fourth-year receiver.

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North Allegheny’s Spencer Barnett celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run against Hempfield during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny AD Bozzuto pitches regular season baseball tournaments in PIAA board debut
High school baseball players can play dozens and dozens of AAU games each summer, at times more than one per day and often multiple days in a row.

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North Allegheny softball coach Rick Meister talks with his players April 28, 2011 during a game at Shaler.
Rick Meister, championship-winning softball coach at North Allegheny, dies
Former North Allegheny softball coach Rick Meister, who led the Tigers to both WPIAL and PIAA gold, has died. He was 73.

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Mt. Lebanon safety Eli Heidenreich tackles Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman on Oct. 30, 2020, at Mt. Lebanon.
Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich follows family tradition, commits to Navy
August 6, 2021
Eli Heidenreich’s college choice involved more than deciding where he’d spend the next four or five years of his life. The Mt. Lebanon senior, whose grandfather and uncle both served in the Navy, followed a similar path and committed this week to play football for the Naval Academy.

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WPIAL requests eligibility hearings for New Castle, Bishop Canevin transfers
August 4, 2021
The WPIAL will schedule an eligibility hearing for New Castle transfer DaJaun Young, a double-digit scorer for Kennedy Catholic’s boys basketball team last winter.

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North Allegheny’s Aaron Posey celebrates after defeating Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny catcher Aaron Posey commits to Division I Kennesaw State
July 31, 2021
As a catcher named Posey who wears No. 28, North Allegheny’s Aaron Posey sometimes jokes that he’s related to a National League MVP.

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The top 25 HS football players from the WPIAL and City League pose for a photo during a Trib HSSN event on July 22, 2021, at Kennywood. In the front row, from left, are Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, West Allegheny’s Gavin Miller, Mt. Lebanon’s Joey Daniels and Gateway’s Brad Birch. In the second row are Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish, Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne, Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher, North Hills’ Robert Dickerson, Woodland Hills’ Deontae Williams, Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli, Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins, Central Valley’s Landon Alexander and Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen. In the back row are Kiski Area’s Brandon Lawhorn-Moore, Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson, Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin, Pine-Richland’s Jeremiah Hasley, Blackhawk’s Lorenzo Jenkins, Gateway’s Patrick Body, North Allegheny’s Jacob Porter, Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan and Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons. Also on the team are Perry’s Tyreese Fearbry, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher and Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca.
With camps, college visits back, TribLive HSSN Preseason All-Stars are busy this summer
July 22, 2021
As Josh Jenkins walked into Kennywood Park, passing the merry-go-round and the Sky Rocket, the Sto-Rox quarterback marveled at just how much life has improved in a year.

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A WPIAL gold medal presented to the championship winners in PIAA District 7 athletic events.
WPIAL adds board of directors seat exclusively for private schools
July 19, 2021
Private schools in the WPIAL soon will have their own seat on the board.

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Derry’s Justin Flack is tackled at the goal line by Aliquippa defenders during the 2018 WPIAL Class 3A championship game at Heinz Field.
WPIAL football championships will return to Heinz Field this fall — maybe over 2 days
The WPIAL football championships are returning to Heinz Field this fall, maybe for a two-day affair Thanksgiving weekend at the North Shore stadium.

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Brashear’s Godwin Nyama celebrates with his head coach Nate Geller at the PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey on March 10, 2012.
State champion wrestler, City League great Godwin Nyama Cutler dies at 27
July 18, 2021
Former state wrestling champion Godwin Nyama Cutler, an all-time City League great who won the league its first PIAA title less than a decade ago, has died. He was 27.

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North Allegheny softball coach Rick Meister won three WPIAL titles and one PIAA championship.
Miller, Meister headline North Allegheny Hall of Fame class
July 16, 2021
Championship-winning coaches Heidi Miller and Rick Meister were among 18 inductees chosen to enter the North Allegheny Hall of Fame this year.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA makes change to state basketball tournament, anticipates ‘normal’ fall
July 14, 2021
The state basketball tournament will start a little earlier this winter under a schedule change that makes cross-state travel easier for the semifinals and finals.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer looks to pass during the first quarter Friday, Sept. 81, 2020, at Upper St. Clair.
Trib HSSN boys athlete of the year: Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer wins titles in 2 sports
July 12, 2021
Early in the winter, Pine-Richland’s Cole Spencer called his future college wrestling coach with some bad news. He’d injured his left shoulder and would eventually need surgery to repair a torn labrum.

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Mars’ Gracie Dunaway celebrates after scoring during the first half of the PIAA Class 3A girls soccer state championship game against Villa Joseph Marie Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
A year like no other: The top stories of the 2020-21 school year in WPIAL sports
July 10, 2021
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East Allegheny’s Johnny DiNapoli goes through drills during work outs Tuesday, Aug.18, 2020 at East Allegheny High School.
Record-setting quarterback Johnny DiNapoli leaving East Allegheny
July 9, 2021
Johnny DiNapoli, who set a WPIAL passing record two years ago, has transferred this summer from East Allegheny to Elizabeth Forward.

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Seton LaSalle’s Brett Wagner makes a catch during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Shenango on June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Seton LaSalle baseball standout, coach’s son Brett Wagner transferring to IMG Academy
July 8, 2021
Seton LaSalle baseball coach Mike Wagner is losing his favorite player to IMG Academy in Florida, but he’s 100% on board with the kid’s decision.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after defeating Hempfield, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
North Allegheny’s Cole Young picked for all-star baseball game at Coors Field
North Allegheny shortstop Cole Young, who could be a future MLB Draft pick, is headed to the site of this year’s baseball all-star game.

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Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Sean FitzSimmons
July 4, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Union pitcher Jake Vitale delivers during the WPIAL Class A championship game against Riverview on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Baseball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
July 3, 2021
Whether their school had students in the classroom or virtually this spring, there is a special seat up front reserved for these standout performers and coaches in the return to the baseball field.

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Kathy McConnell-Miller (left) talks on the bench with sister Suzie McConnell-Serio during a Pitt women’s basketball game.
Kathy McConnell-Miller leaves Trinity bench for college basketball job
July 2, 2021
Kathy McConnell-Miller is returning to the college coaching ranks after two seasons with the Trinity girls basketball team.

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Central Valley football coach Mark Lyons is among 32 nominees for Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year.
Central Valley’s Mark Lyons nominated for NFL high school coach of the year
Central Valley’s Mark Lyons was among 32 nominees announced Thursday for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.

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Bethel Park pitcher Eric Chalus delivers against West Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
2021 Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Year: Eric Chalus, Bethel Park
2021 HSSN Baseball Player of the Year

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The Wolvarena will host the Western Pa. vs. Everyone football showcase Aug. 27-28.
Week Zero football showcase returns to Wolvarena in August
July 1, 2021
Week Zero is back on the football schedule this fall, and with it returns the Western Pa. vs. Everyone football showcase hosted by Woodland Hills.

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Butler’s Devin Carney smiles as he leaves the court after hitting the winning three-pointer in overtime of a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford on Friday, March 5, 2021, in Harrison City.
Butler basketball’s Devin Carney commits to Elon
One of college basketball’s stingiest defenses added some scoring power Thursday when Butler’s Devin Carney committed to Elon.

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TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Patrick Body, Gateway
June 28, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Moon lineman Trent Fraley commits to Marshall
June 27, 2021
Moon’s Trent Fraley, the son of a former NFL lineman, announced his commitment Sunday to Marshall.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina delivers during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL, PIAA champions among 2021 TribLive HSSN Baseball All-Stars
Among the six teams crowned WPIAL baseball champions this spring, their individual stories varied greatly.

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Gateway’s Brad Birch
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Brad Birch, Gateway
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Landon Alexander, Central Valley
June 26, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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La Salle College celebrates as North Allegheny’s Cole Young walks off the diamond after the PIAA Class 6A baseball championship game June 18 at Penn State.
North Allegheny baseball appreciates contribution of seniors, looks to bright future
June 25, 2021
North Allegheny’s Cole Young shared hugs and handshakes with teammates near the first base dugout at Penn State’s baseball field, season-ending thank yous to the seniors whose high school careers were ending there.

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La Salle College celebrates as North Allegheny’s Cole Young walks off the diamond after losing in the PIAA Class 6A baseball championship game Friday, June 18, 2021 at Penn State.
La Salle College starter shuts down North Allegheny in Class 6A finals
June 18, 2021
Sometimes, it’s not a pitcher’s fastball velocity that makes him unhittable. La Salle College starter Ryan Marler proved that true Friday night.

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Shenango’s Cre Calabria is out at first by Schuylkill Haven’s Jacob Houtz (14) during the PIAA Class 2A baseball championship Friday, June 18, 2021, at Penn State University in State College.
Shenango’s rally falls 1 run short in PIAA Class 2A championship
UNIVERSITY PARK – At 67, Shenango coach Larry Kelly was four years younger than his state championship counterpart in the other dugout Friday.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
Facing 1-year suspension, Seton LaSalle football coach Mauro Monz resigns
June 17, 2021
Suspended football coach Mauro Monz, facing a one-year ban from the WPIAL over recruiting allegations, said he’s resigning at Seton LaSalle rather than continue to appeal.

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Bethel Park celebrates after beating Red Land to win the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Medlar Field in State College.
Clutch pitching carries Bethel Park past star-studded Red Land to PIAA baseball title
UNIVERSITY PARK — Red Land has a future MLB first-rounder batting leadoff and some ex-Little League World Series stars behind him. So, Bethel Park staked its title hopes on an old adage that good pitching beats good hitting.

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Halifax’s Carson Buffington is hit by the ball as he slides into second against Eden Christian Academy in the first inning during the PIAA Class A baseball championship game Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College.
Slow start dooms Eden Christian baseball in 1st PIAA finals appearance
UNIVERSITY PARK — As a first-time state finalist, Eden Christian will remember Thursday’s game for years to come, even if they’d like to forget the first two innings.

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Red Land’s Benny Montgomery (right) and Cooper Artley score in a 8-0 win over Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A baseball semifinals June 14, 2021.
Future 1st-round MLB Draft pick awaits Bethel Park in PIAA final vs. Red Land
June 16, 2021
At around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Bethel Park pitcher Eric Chalus will take the mound for the PIAA Class 5A championship at Penn State’s Medlar Field and face Red Land’s leadoff hitter.

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Seneca Valley head coach Ron Butschle works with the defense during workouts Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Seneca Valley High School.
Seneca Valley adds former Pine-Richland football assistants Lehmeier, Sasson
Assistant football coaches Tim Sasson and Ryan Lehmeier were left searching for new jobs when their time together at Pine-Richland abruptly ended. So, they offered themselves as a packaged deal to any school needing an offensive line coach and an offensive coordinator.

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Butler receiver Charlie Kreinbucher (right) works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
Butler tight end Charlie Kreinbucher commits to Akron
June 15, 2021
The Butler football program has struggled in recent years, but the Golden Tornado has a Division I talent in rising senior Charlie Kreinbucher.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
WPIAL upholds suspensions of Seton LaSalle football coaches
June 14, 2021
The WPIAL heard additional evidence about Seton LaSalle’s suspended football coaches during a lengthy hearing Monday but ultimately reached the same decision.

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New Castle’s Anthony Miller celebrates during a PIAA semifinal game against Montour on June 14, 2021, at Neshannock.
Anthony Miller’s 12 Ks lead New Castle to 1st appearance in state baseball finals
Maybe the big-game atmosphere had Anthony Miller feeling ready, seeing hundreds of New Castle fans filter into Neshannock’s baseball field. Maybe it was the fact his Red Hurricanes were one win away from the state finals.

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Eden Christian Academy’s David Kelly celebrates during a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal against Kennedy Catholic on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
Where is Eden Christian? Baseball team puts school on map with PIAA playoff run
June 13, 2021
In his 15 years as a teacher, administrator and now baseball coach at the school, Steve Good is often asked: Where is Eden Christian?

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New Castle’s Dom Fornataro scores past Montour catcher Brock Janeda during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA reveals sites, times for state baseball semifinals
June 11, 2021
The WPIAL is guaranteed to have at least two teams in the state baseball finals and could have as many as five.

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Highlands starting pitcher Jaycee Haidze throws against Beaver during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
Semifinal sites, times announced for PIAA softball playoffs
The PIAA softball semifinals will feature a pair of WPIAL championship rematches Monday at Mars.

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Montour’s Ryan Gallagher celebrates his double during a PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal against Cathedral Prep on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
Montour shuts out Cathedral Prep, earns semifinal rematch against New Castle
June 10, 2021
Before Montour pitcher Dylan Mathiesen took the mound for the 12th time this season, his coaches wondered if the right-hander might be tiring a little. His previous outing came in the WPIAL finals, and Mathiesen’s stuff that day maybe wasn’t his sharpest.

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The National Federation of State High School Associations gave approval for shot clock use in high school basketball on a state by state basis.
On the clock: PIAA will discuss basketball shot clock in months ahead
June 9, 2021
Will Pennsylvania high school basketball have a shot clock in 2022?

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Deer Lakes players watch from the Nittany Lion Softball Park dugout before their PIAA championship in 2015.
Penn State will allow full capacity for PIAA baseball, softball championships
Penn State will allow full capacity at its baseball and softball stadiums for the upcoming PIAA championships, alleviating worries the softball finals might need to be moved.

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WPIAL approves 3 Seton LaSalle transfers, Jackson Pons’ return to Norwin
June 8, 2021
Mauro Monz’s status as Seton LaSalle coach remains in doubt, but the WPIAL ruled his son eligible to play football for the Rebels this fall.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Highlands during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
Softball playoff sites, times set for PIAA quarterfinals
Norwin will host an all-WPIAL doubleheader Thursday in the state softball quarterfinals.

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North Allegheny second baseman Spencer Barnett makes a sliding catch in the outfield against Hempfield during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA reveals quarterfinal sites, times for state baseball playoffs
PIAA baseball quarterfinalists learned Tuesday where they’re playing next.

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Serra Catholic girls basketball coach and athletic director Bill Cleary is retiring after the 2020-21 school year.
Serra Catholic naming court after longtime girls basketball coach Bill Cleary
June 4, 2021
Serra Catholic is naming its basketball court after longtime girls coach Bill Cleary, the school announced Friday.

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Central Catholic’s Donovan Hinish (51), JD Younger (3) and Bralen Henderson sack Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Oct. 30, 2020, at Mt. Lebanon.
Central Catholic defensive tackle Donovan Hinish commits to Notre Dame
Notre Dame bought billboard space around Pittsburgh this spring, touting the many Western Pennsylvania football players who’ve joined the Fighting Irish in recent years.

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Laurel’s Autumn Boyd delivers during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Shenango on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California University.
Sites, times announced for PIAA 1st-round softball playoff games
The six WPIAL softball champions will start their state tournament runs at Norwin, Peterswood Park or North Allegheny next week.

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Shenango’s Gabrial Yanssens drives in the winning run against Seton LaSalle during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA reveals 1st-round sites, times for state baseball playoffs
The PIAA on Friday released sites and times for next week’s first-round games in the state baseball playoffs.

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Ringgold head football coach Steve Campos works with players during blocking drills at practice on Aug. 16, 2006 in Monongahela.
New Pine-Richland football coach predicts ‘smooth transition’ after meeting players
There were some sleepless nights this week for Steve Campos as Pine-Richland was about to make him the school’s new football coach. But after meeting with the players for the first time Thursday afternoon, Campos predicted he’d sleep soundly later that night.

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Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey speaks during the PIAA Playoff Equity Summit in 2018 in State College.
Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey leaving WPIAL for Chambersburg job
June 3, 2021
Woodland Hills athletic director Ron Coursey has always wanted to chat with the PIAA leadership about its transfer rule. He’ll soon be working almost in their backyard, once he becomes athletic director at Chambersburg, so maybe he’ll knock on their door.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina hoists the championship trophy with teammates after defeating Montour in the WPIAL Class 4A final on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
New Castle’s Rocco Bernadina mows down Montour in WPIAL Class 4A championship
June 2, 2021
New Castle owns the most boys basketball titles in WPIAL history, and the football team ranks third on the league’s all-time championships list.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch (12) throws the ball during their game against Clairton on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
PIAA rules Gateway QB Brad Birch eligible, returns Seton LaSalle appeal to WPIAL
The PIAA overturned one WPIAL decision and told the WPIAL board to reconsider another.

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The North Allegheny baseball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Hempfield, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A final on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park
North Allegheny ace shuts down Hempfield, leads Tigers to record 8th WPIAL title
June 1, 2021
Hempfield got an early look at right-hander Kyle Demi a few weekends ago, but that sneak peek at the North Allegheny ace didn’t help much Tuesday night.

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Steve Campos, as Ringgold’s coach in 2006, works with players during blocking drills at practice in Monongahela.
Seneca Valley assistant could be Pine-Richland’s next coach, source says
Steve Campos, an assistant football coach at Seneca Valley, is expected to be the recommended candidate to fill the vacant head coach job at Pine-Richland, according to a source.

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Members of the South Fayette girls 400-meter relay show off their gold medals at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 29, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
South Fayette’s Amy Allen claims 4 PIAA medals, wins gold with 400-meter relay
May 29, 2021
SHIPPENSBURG — When Amy Allen qualified for states as a sophomore, she ran one event and went home.

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Plum’s Logan Parker, shown in 2019, took fifth in the shot put at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday, May 29, 2021.
Plum’s Parker medals in shot put at PIAA championships
SHIPPENSBURG — Plum thrower Logan Parker returned Saturday to Seth Grove Stadium and felt right at home.

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West Mifflin’s Dontae Lewis won the 300 hurdles at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 29, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
West Mifflin’s Dontae Lewis celebrates 300 hurdles title on future college track
SHIPPENSBURG — While his competitors endured the cold rain and wind inside Seth Grove Stadium, West Mifflin hurdler Dontae Lewis found a way to escape.

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Beaver’s Emma Pavelek finished second in the high jump at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 29, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
Beaver’s Emma Pavelek earns PIAA high jump silver wearing borrowed shoes
SHIPPENSBURG — Emma Pavelek didn’t walk a mile in someone else’s shoes but she did high jump in someone else’s sneakers.

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Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns won the 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA Class AA championsihps May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
Quaker Valley’s Nora Johns wins state gold in 1st year running 300 hurdles
SHIPPENSBURG — Nora Johns ran the 300 hurdles for the first time this spring, and the Quaker Valley sophomore can remember the thoughts running through her head at the time.

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North Allegheny’s Danny Gallon celebrates his double during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Butler on May 25 at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
Gallon thrives in cleanup role for North Allegheny
Batting cleanup comes with added responsibility in any baseball lineup, but there’s a little extra burden for North Allegheny’s No. 4 hitter.

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North Catholic’s Trevor Paschall finished first in the 200 and second in the 400 at the PIAA Class AA championships May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
North Catholic sprinter Trevor Paschall wins 1st PIAA gold in 200, silver in 400
SHIPPENSBURG — Trevor Paschall’s state championship meet wasn’t going quite how he’d imagined.

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Waynesburg’s Taylor Shriver won the pole vault at the PIAA Class AA championsihps May 28, 2021, at Shippesburg University.
Waynesburg’s Taylor Shriver clears 13 feet, wins long-awaited PIAA pole vault title
SHIPPENSBURG — Waynesburg pole vaulter Taylor Shriver needed three tries to clear her first bar at the state championships, an 11-foot jump that’s normally routine for the senior.

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Tajier Thornton, Cyair Clark, Vernon Redd and Nate Lindsey, members of the Aliquippa 400-meter relay team, finished fifth at the PIAA Class AA championships May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
Thoughts of hospitalized teammate carry Aliquippa relay team to 5th-place finish
May 28, 2021
SHIPPENSBURG — He should have been here, said the four sprinters on Aliquippa’s relay team, whose thoughts were with their fifth teammate, hospitalized in Pittsburgh.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins won two gold medals at the PIAA Class AA championships May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins joins elite list with 6 PIAA gold medals
SHIPPENSBURG — Matching the speed she showed circling the track, the public address announcer at Seth Grove Stadium declared Melissa Riggins a three-time state champion in the 1,600 meters as soon as she crossed the finish line.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy won the 1,600-meter run at the PIAA Class AA championships May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
Patience pays off in PIAA gold for Deer Lakes runner Carson McCoy
SHIPPENSBURG — In hindsight, Carson McCoy decided he probably made his move too early at the WPIAL championship, ultimately finishing second.

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The Aliquippa boys 400-meter relay placed third at the WPIAL track championships May 19 at Slippery Rock.
Aliquippa to compete at state track meet with teammate, critically injured in shooting, in thoughts
May 27, 2021
Aliquippa’s track team arrived Thursday in Shippensburg, a day ahead of the state championships, but the Quips made the trip with one fewer sprinter than they’d hoped.

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PIAA might seek alternate site for softball championships at Penn State
May 26, 2021
The state softball championships are scheduled for next month at Penn State, but there’s a chance the PIAA will need to find an alternate site.

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Montour’s Mason Sike celebrates his RBI double during the sixth inning against Quaker Valley during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, May 24, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL reveals championship schedule for baseball finals
The WPIAL baseball finalists in Class 6A and 4A will play under the lights at Wild Things Park next week.

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Bethel Park’s Zack Sackett celebrates with a shoosh after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against West Allegheny on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
Bethel Park’s walk-off win caps fierce pitchers’ duel with West Allegheny
May 25, 2021
Bethel Park’s Zack Sackett stood in the first-base dugout at Matulevic Field and watched two of the WPIAL’s gutsiest pitchers duel for 41 outs Tuesday without allowing a run.

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North Allegheny’s Joe Manesiotis smiles after his third hit of the game next to Butler’s Madden Clement during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
North Allegheny returns to WPIAL finals after 10-run win over Butler
North Allegheny’s Joe Manesiotis surely was a little surprised when Butler intentionally walked the batter ahead of him to load the bases.

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Montour’s Matt Luchovick celebrates after scoring during the sixth inning of a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against Quaker Valley on Monday, May 24, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
Montour celebrates 1-run win over Quaker Valley in WPIAL 4A quarterfinals
May 24, 2021
With two runners on, no outs and trailing by a run, Montour’s Mason Sike was told to be ready to lay down a bunt.

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Rain alters WPIAL baseball, softball playoff schedules Monday
Rain forced the WPIAL to revamp Monday’s playoff schedules for baseball and softball, moving some games to new sites and postponing others to Tuesday.

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Peters coach Gary Goga kisses the WPIAL trophy on Feb. 28, 2009, after defeating Mt. Lebanon in the Class AAAA boys championship game at Palumbo Center.
‘Revitalized’ Gary Goga hired as Keystone Oaks boys basketball coach
Boys basketball coach Gary Goga, who built Peters Township into a WPIAL championship program in his 15 seasons there, is ready for another challenge.

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Eugene Wilson was hired to coach the Woodland Hills boys basketball team.
‘It was meant to be,’ says new Woodland Hills boys basketball coach Eugene Wilson
A few weeks after its coach resigned midseason, the Woodland Hills boys basketball team made a trip to Ringgold for a nonsection game this past winter.

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North Allegheny’s Dwayne Taylor competes in the triple jump finals at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 19, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
Quick corrections lead North Allegheny’s Taylor to WPIAL triple jump title
May 22, 2021
There’s plenty about junior Dwayne Taylor that impresses North Allegheny’s track and field coaches: He’s 6-foot-5 with long limbs and the speed of a sprinter.

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Bethel Park’s John Chalus is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Shaler on Friday, May 21, 2021, at La Roche University.
Sophomore’s clutch hit carries Bethel Park past Shaler into Class 5A baseball semifinals
May 21, 2021
Some might consider Bethel Park sophomore John Chalus the little brother of a Division I baseball recruit, but he certainly wasn’t overshadowed Friday.

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North Catholic head coach Dave DeGregorio instructs his team against Quaker Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Leetsdale.
‘Perfect timing’ leads Dave DeGregorio back to North Allegheny as boys basketball coach
May 20, 2021
When Dave DeGregorio resigned at North Allegheny five years ago to coach his sons, a part of him thought he might return someday, if the timing was right.

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Hampton’s Gage Galuska, left, and Butler’s Guinness Brown compete in the 400-meter dash finals at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships May 19, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
Fantastic 400 finish between Hampton’s Galuska, Butler’s Brown headlines WPIAL Class AAA meet
May 19, 2021
Hampton sprinter Gage Galuska threw his body forward at the finish line, tumbled into a somersault and stayed on the track waiting for his 400-meter time to show on the scoreboard.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins wins the girls one mile run during the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL track and field championships: What to know for Wednesday’s meet
The WPIAL endured a season without track and field last spring, but the championships are back. Individual champions in Class AAA and AA will be crowned Wednesday at Slippery Rock University.

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West Allegheny pitcher Nick Longo delivers against Montour on Wednesday, May 13, 2021, in North Fayette.
After adding 2-game series to regular season, what’s next for WPIAL baseball?
May 17, 2021
The WPIAL baseball committee’s philosophy is simple: The best team should win section titles and league championships, not the team with one incredibly dominant pitcher.

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Runners compete in the WPIAL track and field championships on May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
Mask policies for spectators will vary at WPIAL postseason events
Spectators will be asked to wear masks Wednesday at the WPIAL track and field championships at Slippery Rock University despite the recent change to the statewide mandate.

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North Catholic head coach Dave DeGregorio instructs his team against Quaker Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Leetsdale.
North Allegheny ready to rehire Dave DeGregorio as boys basketball coach
May 15, 2021
North Allegheny’s next boys basketball coach already knows the program well.

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Butler’s Ally Morro edges out Norwin’s Jordyn Turcovski and North Allegheny’s Lola Akindele in the 100-meter dash during the WPIAL Class AAA Team Track and Field Championships on May 12 at West Mifflin Area High School.
North Allegheny girls pleased with runner-up finish at WPIAL team championships
Only a handful of schools reach the WPIAL team track championships each year, but the meet has become almost an annual tradition for the North Allegheny girls.

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Montour’s Matt Luchovick celebrates his two-run double against West Allegheny on Wednesday.
Trib HSSN baseball bracket breakdown
May 14, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Norwin on April 23.
WPIAL reveals brackets for 2021 baseball playoffs
After enduring a year with no baseball, the WPIAL playoffs are back.

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North Allegheny pitcher Kyle Demi delivers during a game against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in McCandless.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan take an early look at baseball playoff pairings
The real brackets for the 2021 WPIAL baseball playoff will be revealed at 3 p.m. Friday on TribLive HSSN.

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Butler’s Skyler Varro (left) edges out South Fayette’s Roman Galioto in the 3200-meter run during the WPIAL Class AAA team track and field championships Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Butler boys, girls dominate at WPIAL Class AAA team finals
May 12, 2021
As Butler runner C.J. Singleton neared the finish line, the junior wondered how close his nearest 800-meter challenger was, so he took a quick glance behind him.

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Bethel Park’s Jason Nuttridge drives in a run against Fox Chapel on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL reveals updated postseason plans for spring sports playoffs
May 10, 2021
If covid-related cancellations leave section standings unsettled, the WPIAL will have its steering committees determine which teams make the playoffs this spring.

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Beaver’s Emma Pavelek celebrates after clearing the bar to win the girls high jump during the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
A year after high jumping at home, Beaver’s Emma Pavelek worried another season was doomed
May 9, 2021
Emma Pavelek had never been to a chiropractor before this past week and was skeptical one could help her painful foot. She’d been diagnosed with a sprain but after five weeks, her injury wasn’t getting any better.

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Shady Side Academy’s Melissa Riggins wins the girls 800 meter run during the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Baldwin High School.
Shady Side’s Melissa Riggins wins twice at Baldwin Invite despite facing ‘worst wind’
May 8, 2021
The weather app on Melissa Riggins’ smartphone misled her a little.

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WPIAL softball rankings | May 8, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Norwin during the first innining Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL baseball rankings | May 8, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Lola Akindele wins the 200-meter dash past Norwin’s Bernadette Zukina during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational track and field meet on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium.
North Allegheny’s Akindele among WPIAL’s top sprinters
When North Allegheny sprinter Lola Akindele broke the 60-second barrier in the 400 meters, she was elated.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar sets at the net during the first game against McDowell during a PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
North Journal notebook: North Allegheny’s Morningstar named Gatorade Player of the Year
North Allegheny senior Paige Morningstar was named the state’s Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year after leading the Tigers to a fourth consecutive PIAA title last fall.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Robert Hrabosky and West Mifflin’s Dontae Lewis come over the last hurdle but Lewis edges out Hrabosky at the finish of the boys 300m hurdles during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Baldwin High School.
West Mifflin senior, PIAA favorite Dontae Lewis sweeps hurdles at Baldwin Invitational
May 7, 2021
Some hurdlers have tunnel vision on the track, focused solely on their lane and uninterested in their competitors.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar sets a kill during the Tigers’ match against Pine-Richland on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in McCandless.
North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar named state’s Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year
May 6, 2021
Six years after her sister won the award, North Allegheny senior Paige Morningstar was named the state’s Gatorade Pa. Volleyball Player of the Year.

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New Castle’s Dom Fornataro scores past Quaker Valley catcher Zeke Hendricks during their game on April 20, 2021, at Esmark Field.
WPIAL has big decisions to make this week about baseball, softball playoffs
May 4, 2021
Will higher-seeded baseball and softball teams host playoff games this spring or could the WPIAL use neutral sites as usual?

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch (12) rushes the ball during their game at Rochester High School on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.
WPIAL rules 1 Birch brother eligible, other brother ineligible after hearing
May 3, 2021
The WPIAL handed Gateway transfers Brett and Brad Birch a good-news, bad-news scenario.

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Pine Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz reacts to a game closing first down against Governor Mifflin during the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
Ousted coach Eric Kasperowicz apologizes to Pine-Richland administrators in letter
In a letter asking to be rehired, ousted football coach Eric Kasperowicz apologized to Pine-Richland’s school board and administration for his “attitude and behavior” during a contentious late-March interview.

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Butler’s Devin Carney smiles as he leaves the court after hitting the winning three-pointer in overtime of a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford on Friday, March 5, 2021, in Harrison City.
WPIAL sees 2 players make Class 6A boys basketball all-state team
May 1, 2021
Butler’s Devin Carney and Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan earned all-state honors Saturday when the Pa. Sports Writers All-State Team for Class 6A boys basketball was announced.

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MacKenzie Kearns scores for Elizabeth Forward against Yough on Monday, April 26, 2021.
WPIAL softball rankings | May 1, 2021
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Franklin Regional’s Louie Kegerreis gives up a thumbs up to the dugout after driving in two run against Latrobe on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Haymaker Field in Murrysville.
WPIAL baseball rankings | May 1, 2021
Class 6A

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North Hills’ Robert Dickerson has aspirations of football/baseball career in college
As a two-sport star who hits home runs and scores touchdowns, North Hills’ Robert Dickerson hears the occasional Kyler Murray reference. Older generations go to Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson as their football-baseball icon.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds smiles after hitting a three-pointer against New Castle on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at New Castle High School.
4 WPIAL boys basketball players make Class 5A all-state team
April 30, 2021
Chartiers Valley senior Brayden Reynolds and Laurel Highlands sophomore Rodney Gallagher earned first-team honors when the Pa. Sports Writers All-State Team for Class 5A boys basketball was announced Friday.

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Archbishop Wood’s Kyle Pitts scores over Gateway’s Brendan Majocha during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Before becoming NFL Draft star, Kyle Pitts clashed with WPIAL champion in Hershey
April 29, 2021
If tight end Kyle Pitts is the first non-quarterback selected Thursday night in the NFL Draft, Gateway football coach Don Holl won’t be surprised.

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Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford drives to the basket against North Catholic’s Andrew Ammerman during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
4 WPIAL boys basketball players earn all-state honors in Class 4A
Lincoln Park senior Dakari Bradford and North Catholic senior Andrew Ammerman, whose teams clashed last month in the WPIAL finals, were among four WPIAL boys basketball players earning all-state honors Thursday in Class 4A.

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Washington softball forfeits remaining games, hopes for better seasons ahead
Washington hopes to build up its softball program in years to come, athletic director Mike Bosnic said Thursday, but this spring’s season will end after only one game.

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Serra Catholic hires Matt Bacco as girls basketball coach
Serra Catholic has a new girls basketball coach for the first time in years.

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State’s all-time winningest boys basketball coach earns all-state honor in 3A
April 28, 2021
Weeks after winning a boys basketball state title, Loyalsock also dominated the all-state team for PIAA Class 3A.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele hugs head coach Mike Rodriguez in the final seconds of the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Constitution on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Undefeated OLSH tops Class 2A boys basketball all-state team
April 27, 2021
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s perfect season just keeps getting a little better.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kevaughn Price and Rochester’s Devon Hemer fight for a rebound in the WPIAL Class A boys basketball final March 10, 2021 at North Allegheny.
6 WPIAL players chosen for Class A all-state boys basketball team
April 26, 2021
Six weeks after Bishop Canevin’s Dom Elliot and Kevaughn Price shared a championship court with Rochester’s Devon Hemer and JD Azulay, the four WPIAL Class A finalists are together again.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch (left) celebrates with Paige Morningstar and Jasmin Timmerson after defeating Spring-Ford in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Lizzy Groetsch, Aislin Malcolm among 20 WPIAL girls basketball players named all-state
North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch and Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm each added another statewide honor to their resumes.

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All-state boys basketball teams revealed this week starting with non-PIAA schools
April 25, 2021
The all-state boys basketball teams will be announced over a seven-day span starting today with players from non-PIAA member schools. In years past, all-state organizers added those athletes to the PIAA classification teams but split them into their own group this winter.

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The Ligonier Valley bench watches the action against Seton LaSalle on Friday, April 9, 2021.
WPIAL Softball Rankings: April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021
Class 6A

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Norwin’s Landon DiBeradin drives in two runs with a double during the third inning against North Allegheny on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL Baseball Rankings: April 24, 2021
Class 6A

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North Journal notebook: North Allegheny doubles team claims section title
After winning a section singles title earlier this month, North Allegheny’s Chase Davidson doubled his medal haul April 21 when he teamed up with Shomik Telang to win a Section 2-AAA doubles crown.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
Seton LaSalle appeals football coaches’ suspensions to PIAA
April 23, 2021
Seton LaSalle has appealed to the PIAA to overturn discipline handed down by the WPIAL for recruiting violations.

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Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his team during practice on Aug. 18, 2020.
Pine-Richland cites ‘pattern of hazing, intimidation’ in letter firing coach Eric Kasperowicz
April 22, 2021
Ousted football coach Eric Kasperowicz “expressed minimal concern for hazing or empathy for the students” during a 2½-hour interview with Pine-Richland administrators in late-March, according to a letter the school district sent him cutting ties.

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Pine-Richland catcher Neil Walker celebrates with pitcher Garrett Pampiks (3) after winning a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal in 2004.
Neil Walker hopes Pine-Richland avoids ‘huge black eye’ from football coach controversy
April 21, 2021
Retiring pro baseball player Neil Walker, one of Pine-Richland’s most famous alums, hopes the controversial ouster of the school’s football coach doesn’t become “a huge black eye” for the community.

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North Allegheny’s Matt Gentile hoists the Penguins Cup trophy with teammates after defeating Mt. Lebanon, 4-1, in the PIHL Class AAA championship game on Monday, April 19, 2021, at RMU Island Sports Center.
North Allegheny tops Mt. Lebanon, celebrates back-to-back Penguins Cup titles
April 20, 2021
North Allegheny goalie Josh Bailey didn’t mince words Monday night. The second period, when he was peppered with 20 shots and the puck stayed trapped inside NA’s blue line, was bad.

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Jake Miller transfered from Plum to McKeeport this winter.
WPIAL grants eligibility to pair of football players
April 19, 2021
The WPIAL granted eligibility to Central Catholic’s Jayden Thrift and McKeesport’s Jake Miller, two football players who switched schools this winter.

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Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz talks with his team after defeating Manheim Township in a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Fired football coach Eric Kasperowicz reaches out to Pine-Richland to ‘come to a resolution’
With students, parents and community members demanding Pine-Richland rehire Eric Kasperowicz, the ousted football coach has asked school administrators to meet with him and “come to a resolution quickly.”

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Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz reacts to a game-clinching first down against Governor Mifflin during the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
Urged not to apply at Pine-Richland, coaches statewide pledge support for ousted coach Eric Kasperowicz
April 18, 2021
Dozens of high school football coaches statewide have used social media to announce their support for coach Eric Kasperowicz and his assistants, who were fired at Pine-Richland on Wednesday.

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Elle Pawlikowsky and her Southmoreland teammates moved up to No. 1 in the Trib HSSN Class 3A softball rankings.
Trib HSSN Softball Rankings: April 17, 2021
April 17, 2021
Class 6A

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Norwin first baseman Jayden Walker smiles during the Knights’ game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Trib HSSN Baseball Rankings: April 17, 2021
Class 6A

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Pine Richland celebrates with head coach Eric Kasperowicz after coming back to beat Governor Mifflin 48-44 the PIAA Class 5A semifinal Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
Ousted coach Eric Kasperowicz reapplies to lead Pine-Richland football team
April 16, 2021
Pine-Richland already has at least one applicant to coach the football team next fall, and it’s someone who knows the program very well.

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Pine-Richland’s QB Ben DiNucci holds the trophy the Rams defeated Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game at Heinz Field on Friday Nov. 21, 2014. The Rams won 21-13.
Cowboys QB Ben DiNucci supports Eric Kasperowicz after coach’s surprise firing at Pine-Richland
Ben DiNucci lives 1,200 miles from Pine-Richland but was stunned when word reached him in Texas that his high school football coach had been fired.

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Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz works with his team during practice on Aug. 18, 2020.
Football coach Eric Kasperowicz: ‘No bullying or hazing took place’ at Pine-Richland
April 15, 2021
A day after being fired, former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz pushed back against any allegation of hazing or bullying in his program, while his assistants described a toxic relationship with the school’s administration.

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Riverview’s Gideon Deasy works out with teammates during practice on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Riverview High School in Oakmont.
WPIAL awards $1,000 scholarships to 20 scholar-athletes, cancels luncheon
The WPIAL/James Collins Scholar-Athlete Program luncheon was canceled again this spring because of the pandemic, but the $1,000 scholarships will be awarded as planned.

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Pine-Richland head coach Eric Kasperowicz reacts to a game-closing first down against Governor Mifflin during the PIAA Class 5A semifinals Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Tiger Stadium in Hollidaysburg.
Pine-Richland fires football coach Eric Kasperowicz 5 months after winning state title
April 14, 2021
In the span of eight years, Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz built the Rams into one of the WPIAL’s best programs with four WPIAL championships and two state titles.

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Runners compete in the AAA boys 300 hurdles during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
WPIAL approves spring championship sites, adopts split schedule for individual track meet
The WPIAL individual track and field championships will be run midweek this spring and have a split schedule, with Class 2A starting first and 3A later in the day.

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Former Jeanette quarterback Brad Birch and brother Brett were ruled ineligible by the WPIAL on Wednesday after their transfer to Gateway.
WPIAL rules Birch brothers ineligible after transfer from Jeannette to Gateway
Two high-profile transfers now are in limbo.

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Butler’s Devin Carney drives past North Allegheny’s Greg Habib during their game on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Butler’s Devin Carney adds scholarship offer from Duquesne basketball
April 13, 2021
If Butler’s Devin Carney wants to stay home for college, he now has another Division I option.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne works out during practice on Aug. 17, 2020, in Collier.
Pitt, Penn State offer Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne after pressure-packed sophomore year
April 12, 2021
On one side of the field, Chartiers Valley had a senior three-year starter at cornerback. On the other side was sophomore Lamont Payne.

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Seton LaSalle’s Nick Vari (1) and Dom Popa hoist the championship trophy after defeating Serra Catholic in the WPIAL Class 2A final May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL to finalize spring championship sites, plans return to familiar venues
The WPIAL will finalize its championship sites for spring sports when the board meets Wednesday.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA basketball committee wants state semifinals on weekend, not weekday
April 11, 2021
The state basketball tournament might begin a few days earlier next winter, if the PIAA basketball committee gets its wish.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young (7) high-fives Logan Andreyko after scoring during their game against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in McCandless.
North Allegheny’s talented lineup, rotation aims to ‘prove something’
In a way, pitcher Kyle Demi personifies North Allegheny’s mindset this season. He’s a big right-hander with a fastball that can reach 90 mph, but most folks around the WPIAL haven’t seen him throw it.

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Highlands first baseman Abbie Deiseroth hits a home run during a game against Valley on Monday, April 5, 2021, in Harrison. Highlands won, 10-0.
Trib HSSN Softball Rankings: April 11, 2021
April 10, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny pitcher Kyle Demi delivers during a game against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in McCandless.
Trib HSSN baseball rankings for April 10, 2021
Class 6A

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi stands on the court before the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA won’t offer opinion on transgender legislation before reading proposal
April 9, 2021
The PIAA won’t offer an opinion on proposed legislation barring transgender athletes from girls sports before reading the bill, executive director Bob Lombardi said.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran named state’s top girls cross country runner by Gatorade
April 8, 2021
Moon’s Mia Cochran was named as the state’s Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year on Thursday, making her only the second WPIAL runner to win the award.

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Hempfield’s Jared Bannon competes in a boys Class AAA 110-meter hurdles preliminary race next to Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin during the PIAA track and field championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
PIAA cuts state track championships to 1-day meets but won’t reduce qualifiers
April 7, 2021
The PIAA track and field championships are being condensed to one-day meets this spring, but they’ll include the same number of qualifiers as usual.

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora and Jake DiMichele play in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH’s DiMichele, Spadafora named Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Players of the Year
April 6, 2021
Jake DiMichele and Dante Spadafora were the perfect combination this winter, but the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart basketball teammates weren’t always fast friends.

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WPIAL medals are shown at the swimming championships March 6, 2021, at Upper St. Clair.
Large, diverse list of candidates seeks WPIAL board of directors seat
April 5, 2021
This year’s ballot for electing new WPIAL board members has the largest and most diverse list of candidates in recent memory, executive director Amy Scheuneman said.

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Beaver Falls’ Josh Hough (10) rushes the ball during their game against Sto-Rox on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
Big 33 Football Classic down to 13 WPIAL players for May all-star game
April 4, 2021
The Big 33 Football Classic is down to 13 WPIAL athletes for this year’s game after a sixth player withdrew.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores past New Castle’s Donny Cade during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at New Castle High School.
2021 Trib 10 Boys Basketball All-Stars
This year’s Trib 10 boys basketball all-star team could look a lot like next year’s team.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page works against Cardinal O’Hara’s Maggie Doogan during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
2021 Trib 10 Girls Basketball All-Stars
This year’s Trib 10 girls basketball all-star team has an impressive collection of medals.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
Seton LaSalle coaches Mauro Monz, Jason Pinkston suspended 1 year by WPIAL
March 31, 2021
Seton LaSalle football coach Mauro Monz and assistant Jason Pinkston are suspended from coaching any PIAA-affiliated team for one year, the WPIAL announced Wednesday.

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Mauro Monz oversees Carlynton practice in 2014.
Seton LaSalle football coaches face possible suspension following WPIAL hearing
March 30, 2021
Administrators from four school districts raised recruiting allegations Tuesday against Seton LaSalle’s football coaches during a lengthy closed-door hearing with the WPIAL, a situation unprecedented in recent memory, WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman said.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page (left) hugs Aislin Malcolm next to Helene Cowan in the final moments of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Chartiers Valley held to 27 points in PIAA championship loss to Cardinal O’Hara
March 27, 2021
HERSHEY — On film, Cardinal O’Hara looked big, strong and physical to Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell, so his Colts weren’t surprised by what they ran into at Giant Center.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page (11) celebrates with Helene Cowan (5) and Aislin Malcolm during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal against Warren on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship breakdown: Chartiers Valley vs. Cardinal O’Hara
PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship

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The North Allegheny girls basketball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Spring-Ford in the PIAA Class 6A final on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
North Allegheny girls celebrate 1st PIAA title, top Spring-Ford in state finals
March 26, 2021
HERSHEY — North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch and Paige Morningstar were together at Giant Center four years ago when the Tigers last reached the state finals, and they talked then about someday winning a title.

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The OLSH boys basketball team celebrates in the locker room after defeating Constitution in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
OLSH joins elite list as undefeated PIAA boys basketball champion
HERSHEY — For Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, this was the perfect ending.

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Mohawk’s Paige Julian scores past West Catholic’s Destiney McPhaul during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Mohawk basketball seniors find ‘closure’ despite PIAA championship loss
March 25, 2021
HERSHEY — The PIAA eliminated its on-court medal ceremonies this winter, so Mohawk basketball coach Mike O’Lare awarded them in the team’s makeshift locker room.

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Mt. Carmel’s Dani Rae Renno scores past Neshannock’s Mairan Haggerty during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Neshannock girls fall in PIAA basketball finals, plan return trip to Hershey
HERSHEY — Neshannock’s first visit to the state finals ended with silver medals and a runner-up trophy, but before the Lancers left Giant Center, they were already making plans for a return trip.

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OLSH celebrates beating Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class AA boys basketball final on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Peters Twp. High School.
Constitution will play OLSH in state finals after negative covid tests
HERSHEY — The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball team will have an opponent for the state championships.

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Beaver’s Antonio Petrella works out during the first day of spring practice on Monday, March 8, 2021, at Beaver Area High School.
PIAA favors full playoff brackets for spring sports ‘if possible’
March 24, 2021
If the PIAA gets its wish, spring sports will have full state playoff brackets this season rather than the smaller champions-only format used in the fall and winter.

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Upper St. Clair’s Ethan Dahlem works against Reading’s Lonnie Walker IV during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday at Altoona Area High School.
Short-handed Upper St. Clair falls in state semifinals to Reading
March 23, 2021
ALTOONA — There was no short-handed win for Upper St. Clair this time, no sequel to the team’s six-man celebration from a few days ago.

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WPIAL to investigate recruiting allegations against Seton LaSalle football
The WPIAL has scheduled a hearing to address recruiting allegations raised by other schools against Seton LaSalle’s football coaching staff.

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Hickory’s Peyton Mele scores past Lincoln Park’s Elias Bishop during their PIAA Class 4A state semifinal on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Midland.
Foul trouble dooms Lincoln Park in PIAA semifinal loss to Hickory
March 22, 2021
Twenty-eight times Lincoln Park was whistled for a foul Monday night, yet it wasn’t so much how they fouled but rather who.

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Upper St. Clair’s Ethan Dahlem celebrates after defeating Erie, 62-57, in a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Short-handed Upper St. Clair wins PIAA quarterfinal with 6 players, volunteer coach
March 20, 2021
Screenwriters might not turn the “Upper St. Clair Six” into a movie, but their improbable story has every element for a covid-era drama about high school basketball.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells shoots over Cathedral Prep’s Liam Galla, as time expires in overtime of their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Friday, March 19, 2021, at New Castle High School. Prep won, 52-50.
New Castle loses late lead, falls to Cathedral Prep in overtime
March 19, 2021
For New Castle, the fourth quarter ticked away too slowly and overtime went by too fast.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings scores against North Catholic during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Winning basketball titles runs in Lincoln Park freshman Brandin Cummings’ family
Comparisons to older brother Nelly are harder to shake than any lockdown defender, and Lincoln Park freshman Brandin Cummings just added another item in common.

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North Allegheny head coach Dan DeRose talks with an official during a game against Butler on Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Dan DeRose makes ‘tough decision,’ resigns as North Allegheny boys basketball coach
March 17, 2021
Calling it “a very tough decision,” Dan DeRose resigned Wednesday night after one season as boys basketball coach at North Allegheny.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Banbury celebrates with David Pantelis after defeating Butler in their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Covid-19 concerns won’t keep Upper St. Clair boys out of PIAA basketball playoffs
Upper St. Clair’s boys basketball team has at least six healthy players, so the Panthers will compete Saturday in the PIAA playoffs as scheduled.

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Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford (left) celebrates with LA Pratt and Daquan Bradford after defeating North Catholic in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Lincoln Park tops North Catholic, avenges last season’s WPIAL championship loss
March 15, 2021
Dakari Bradford never forgot the emotions he saw in Lincoln Park’s locker room last winter, especially the sadness from the seniors playing their final WPIAL championship.

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The Upper St. Clair seniors celebrate with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Pine-Richland, 56-53, in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Peterrs Township High School.
Upper St. Clair boys basketball quarantines after covid case, state playoffs in question
Three days after winning a WPIAL title, Upper St. Clair’s boys basketball season could be in jeopardy.

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Medals are shown at the WPIAL Swimming Championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
WPIAL notebook: League won’t face financial loss from winter sports
The WPIAL lost around $28,000 by holding its swimming championships with no spectators, but the league expects to break even once all winter sport revenues are counted.

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Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford scores past Montour’s Isayah Moseley during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Midland.
WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball championship breakdown: North Catholic vs. Lincoln Park
March 14, 2021
WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball championship

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New Castle’s Sheldon Cox (right) celebrates with Isaiah Boice during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Chartiers Valley on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
New Castle tops Chartiers Valley for record 14th WPIAL basketball title
March 13, 2021
New Castle’s Sheldon Cox wasn’t the senior who had everyone’s attention entering Saturday night. But by the time Cox threw down two dunks in the final seconds, all eyes were on him and his record-setting Red Hurricanes.

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Chartiers Valley’s Socrates Boulis pressures New Castle’s Mike Wells during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball championship breakdown: Chartiers Valley vs. New Castle
WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball championship

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler (22) celebrates with David Pantelis and John Sukernek after defeating Pine-Richland, 56-53, in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Peters Township High School.
Upper St. Clair tops Pine-Richland, celebrates 1st WPIAL title since ’05
March 12, 2021
There were moments when Danny Holzer could’ve worried in the fourth quarter, probably should’ve been worried, but Upper St. Clair’s longtime coach insists he wasn’t.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler shoots a three-pointer during the third quarter of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Butler on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball championship breakdown: Upper St. Clair vs. Pine-Richland
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball championship

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Bishop Canevin players huddle up before facing Union in the WPIAL Class A semifinals Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
WPIAL Class A boys basketball championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. Rochester
WPIAL Class A boys basketball championship

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Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford celebrates after being fouled while scoring during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal against Montour on Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Midland.
Lincoln Park bests Midland’s streak with 6th consecutive WPIAL finals appearance
March 11, 2021
Blue and gold banners hang in Lincoln Park’s gym to celebrate the great Midland teams from past decades but the new-era Leopards just one-upped their old-school counterparts.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells celebrates in the final seconds of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Laurel Highlands on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at New Castle High School.
New Castle tops Laurel Highlands, reaches 7th WPIAL finals in 10 years
March 10, 2021
Six times in the past decade already, New Castle had reached the WPIAL finals behind a frenzied press defense that’s become a hallmark of the program.

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Allerdice head coach Devin Crummie signals from the bench during a game on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at Obama Academy in Pittsburgh.
Allderdice boys excluded from City League basketball finals but season isn’t over
The City League boys basketball championship will move forward without Allderdice but the team’s season isn’t over.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Banbury scores after stealing the ball from Butler’s Raine Gratzmiller during the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Upper St. Clair finally solves Butler, earns 1st WPIAL finals appearance since ’05
March 9, 2021
Upper St. Clair lost twice to Butler in last year’s basketball playoffs, heart-wrenching losses that senior Luke Banbury recalls a little differently than his USC teammates.

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North Catholic’s Owen DeGregorio celebrates his sixth three-pointer against Quaker Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Leetsdale.
Owen DeGregorio makes 7 3-pointers as North Catholic returns to WPIAL semifinals
March 8, 2021
North Catholic’s Owen DeGregorio took advantage of Monday’s mild weather to put up some shots with his dad on their outdoor hoop.

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The Big 33 Football Classic is May 31 at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field.
4 WPIAL players withdraw from Big 33 Football Classic
March 7, 2021
Four WPIAL football players picked for the Big 33 Football Classic won’t take part because of college obligations, organizers for the high school all-star game announced.

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Mars’ Zach Schlegel celebrates with Mihali (left) and Tasso Sfanos after scoring against Franklin Regional during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
Mars scores 24 consecutive points in WPIAL 5A quarterfinal win over Trinity
March 6, 2021
Zac Schlegel and his Mars teammates were reluctant to see the second quarter clock reach zeroes Saturday.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells takes a shot against Belle Vernon during a game on Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny, Peters Township will host WPIAL basketball championships
North Allegheny and Peters Township, two of the area’s larger high school gyms, are expected to host all 12 WPIAL basketball championship games.

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Imani Christian coach Omar Foster directs his team from the bench Feb. 4, 2020.
Union confusion leads Imani Christian basketball team on ride to wrong school
Sixty miles separate the Union Area High School near New Castle from Union High School in Rimersburg, but the districts with matching names continue to cause trouble for bus drivers.

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Butler’s Devin Carney (2) celebrates with Madden Clement after hitting the winning three-pointer as time expired in overtime of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford on Friday, March 5, 2021, in Harrison City.
Devin Carney’s buzzer-beating 3 lifts Butler past Penn-Trafford in OT
March 5, 2021
Ten times Butler’s Devin Carney had taken a shot from behind the arc Friday night and nine of them had missed. In fact, a potential winner at the end of regulation bounced hard off the rim.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch scores past Norwin’s Lauren Palangio on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 at Norwin High School.
After exploring college options, WPIAL to keep basketball finals in high school gyms
With gathering limits increased statewide, the WPIAL looked into renting a college venue for its basketball championships, but decided to use high school gyms as originally planned.

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Ellwood City coach Steve Antuono celebrates with his players after Thursday’s win over Avonworth in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.
Ellwood City earns validation, upsets Avonworth in WPIAL Class 3A playoffs
There was nothing invalid about Monday’s playoff win, a 52-point preliminary-round victory that officially ended Ellwood City’s decade-long postseason drought.

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PIAA says spring athletes can shed masks outdoors, if physical distancing possible
March 3, 2021
Spring sports athletes and coaches can shed their masks when outdoors, as long as they maintain 6 feet of physical distance, according to new PIAA guidelines for covid-19.

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Seneca Valley tops Mt. Lebanon without its coach, earns 1st playoff win since ’13
March 2, 2021
With about 30 seconds until half, Mt. Lebanon decided to hold for the final shot, but Seneca Valley wasn’t in a wait-and-see mood.

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Butler’s Mattix Clement drives to the basket between North Allegheny defenders during their game on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL basketball playoffs to see increase in fans, possibly larger venue for finals
March 1, 2021
There will be more fans in the stands at WPIAL basketball playoff games this week after Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration Monday raised gathering limits on indoor events.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher shoots the game-winning shot over Thomas Jefferson’s Evan Berger in the final seconds of their game on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 28, 2021
February 28, 2021
Final regular-season rankings

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair pulls down a rebound in the final seconds next to Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney (left) and Hope Hawkins on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
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North Allegheny’s Connor Chi (right) scored 13 points in the Tigers’ first seven games.
Opponents try, and fail, to knock North Allegheny top scorer off his game
February 27, 2021
North Allegheny’s Connor Chi occasionally gets cross-checked behind the play or hit a little late by an opponent trying to intimidate him on the ice.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Banbury (25) celebrates next to Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds during their game on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Upper St. Clair tops Chartiers Valley in battle of No. 1 overall seeds
February 26, 2021
This would’ve been a scrimmage most years, tucked between the WPIAL pairings meeting and the playoff openers, but Upper St. Clair and Chartiers Valley played Friday night with purpose.

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WPIAL cancels 2 preliminary-round playoff basketball games
February 25, 2021
The WPIAL on Thursday cancelled two playoff basketball games after the Ambridge girls and Propel Braddock Hills boys withdrew from the postseason.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Joe David gives instructions during a game against Penn Hills on Jan. 23, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
WPIAL takes no action against Mt. Lebanon basketball coach for objecting to official
Mt. Lebanon boys basketball coach Joe David testified in a WPIAL hearing Thursday that he was uncomfortable with one of the officials assigned to his game last week, but insisted he never threatened to take his team and leave.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler drives to the basket past Allderdice’s Tony Henderson during their PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game on Mar. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Breaking down the 2021 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 23, 2021
Here is a breakdown of the 2020-21 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs:

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North Allegheny head coach Dan DeRose sits frustrated on the floor in the final seconds of the Tigers’ game against Butler on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
In seeding basketball brackets, WPIAL asks: What have you done lately?
When it came time to seed the basketball playoff brackets, the WPIAL asked: What have you done lately?

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Butler’s Devin Carney drives to the basket against North Allegheny’s Khalil Dinkins during their game on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Controversial finish sees Butler defeat North Allegheny, avenge 2 earlier losses
North Allegheny ran undefeated through its boys basketball section twice, but this winter’s quirky schedule included a third time through, much to NA’s dismay.

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The Mars girls basketball team huddles in an empty gymnasium at the start of its game against North Catholic on Dec. 11, 2020.
WPIAL: Gyms must have capacity of 700 or greater to host basketball playoff games
February 22, 2021
Some top seeds in the WPIAL basketball playoffs could find themselves playing on their opponent’s home floor this winter.

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Upper St. Clair’s Kate Robbins (42) celebrates with Molly James after scoring against Bethel Park during their game on Feb. 18, 2021, at Bethel Park High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings: Feb. 21, 2021
February 20, 2021
Class 6A

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Carter Mastovich has helped the Chartiers Valley boys to a 17-1 record and a No. 1 ranking in Class 5A.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 21, 2021
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The North Allegheny boys bowling team won the WPIBL team title Feb. 17, 2021. The team includes, in front, from left, Marc Sostmann, Cole Scott, Andrew Cook, Dylan Scheidler, Joey Lydon, Noah Sostmann; in back, Jeb Jorden and Gavin Rush.
North Allegheny seniors earn redemption with WPIBL championship
A couple of pins cost North Allegheny’s boys bowling team a title two seasons ago, so the Tigers made certain this year’s championship match wasn’t as close.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates after defeating Thomas Jefferson, 58-56, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Rodney Gallagher’s winner lifts Laurel Highlands over Thomas Jefferson
February 19, 2021
Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher already has accomplished more than most sophomores, but the Mustangs star added two more firsts to his list.

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Derry girls basketball coach Gene Brisbane and his team won’t enter the WPIAL playoffs.
25 basketball teams won’t participate in WPIAL’s open postseason tournament
February 18, 2021
Derry’s girls basketball team earned its way into the WPIAL playoffs last winter, but the one-win Trojans won’t go back this year.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer (4) celebrates with Harrison Hayes after his touchdown run during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Peters Twp. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Big 33 Football Classic goes ‘full-speed ahead,’ announces roster with 19 WPIAL players
The weather will be perfect for the Big 33 Football Classic, predicts Garry Cathell, executive director of the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association.

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman scores past Oakland Catholic’s Rachel Haver during their game on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Schools must certify mask exemptions in writing before PIAA playoffs, not WPIALs
February 17, 2021
High school athletes must wear a mask during PIAA postseason competition unless their school certifies in writing that they qualify for a medical exemption.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings chases a loose ball next to Quaker Valley’s Jack Gardinier during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Quaker Valley High School.
Lincoln Park tops Quaker Valley in battle for section lead, will rematch Thursday
February 16, 2021
Brandin Cummings gave Lincoln Park the lead with a gutsy 3-pointer in the closing minutes, made two clutch free throws in the final seconds and led his team in scoring for the third game in a row.

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Obama Academy boys basketball halts activities after positive covid-19 test
The Obama Academy boys basketball team must shut down activities for 14 days after a player tested positive for covid-19, Pittsburgh Public Schools announced Tuesday.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates after scoring against New Castle on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan take early look at boys basketball tournament
February 15, 2021
The WPIAL basketball playoffs will seem bigger than ever this winter since the league intends to hold an open tournament in each of the six classifications.

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New Castle’s Mike Graham drives to the basket during a game against Chartiers Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
PIAA might require schools to certify mask-wearing exemptions in writing
With many high school sports teams competing maskless, the PIAA may require postseason participants to certify in writing that their athletes qualify for an exemption under the state mandate.

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Derry’s Dominic Patrick conducts leg drills with teammates during a heat acclimation practice Aug. 17, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
An early fall? PIAA planning committee opposes starting football season sooner
February 14, 2021
The PIAA doesn’t have a prognosticating groundhog, but after hearing from its strategic planning committee, it doesn’t look like fall sports will arrive any earlier next school year.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco celebrates her 3-pointer during the fourth quarter against Mohawk on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Cranberry.
WPIAL bracketology: Don Rebel, Chris Harlan take early look at girls basketball tournament
The WPIAL basketball playoffs will seem bigger than ever this winter since the league intends to hold an open tournament in each of the six classifications.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson and her Tigers teammates are No. 1 in the Trib HSSN girls basketball WPIAL Class 6A rankings.
Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings: Feb. 14, 2021
February 13, 2021
Class 6A

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Haney scores off a turnover against New Castle on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. Belle Vernon is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.
Trib HSSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 14, 2021
Class 6A

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North Hills’ Josh Bogniard competes in the boys 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL swimming championship at Trees Pool on Feb. 28, 2020.
Aspiring photographer, North Hills swimmer Josh Bogniard seeks picture-perfect WPIALs
When North Hills senior swimmer Josh Bogniard isn’t in the water, he’s often taking photographs of some. Icy waterfalls, mossy streams and a duckweed covered pond appear on the aspiring photographer’s Instagram account.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds celebrates a three-pointer next to New Castle’s Mike Wells during their game on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at New Castle High School.
Brayden Reynolds scores 42; No. 2 Chartiers Valley tops No. 1 New Castle
February 12, 2021
Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds says his Colts weren’t themselves last month when they hosted New Castle and maybe focused too much on the hype.

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Central Catholic’s Bralen Henderson celebrates during the Vikings’ 35-0 win over Mt. Lebanon in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Mt. Lebanon.
Central Catholic lineman Bralen Henderson ‘grinds’ path to Ohio commitment
February 10, 2021
In a normal recruiting year, Bralen Henderson would’ve visited with the dozens of college football coaches who arrive at Central Catholic looking for future players.

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Allerdice’s Cam Butcher steals the ball from Obama Academy’s Teyron Wofford during the second quarter of their game on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at Obama Academy in Pittsburgh.
Allderdice tops Obama Academy in rematch of City League championship
After going weeks without shooting a basketball, City League scorers will need time to find their touch, predicted Allderdice boys coach Devin Crummie.

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Fans sit behind cutouts in the stands Sunday before the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.
WPIAL football players among 30,000 cardboard cutouts in Super Bowl seats
February 7, 2021
WPIAL football fans might recognize some familiar faces in the Super Bowl crowd at Raymond James Stadium.

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Obama Academy’s Sayon Bennett celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter of a PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game against Penn Hills Friday, Mar. 6, 2020, at Brashear High School.
‘Sigh of relief’ as City League basketball teams ready for delayed season openers
Snow days are sometimes enjoyable but not when you’re a high school basketball player who has waited weeks for a game, and then winter weather extends that wait a few days longer.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives to the basket against New Castle’s Sheldon Cox during their game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
New Castle no longer unbeaten, loses to Belle Vernon in semifinal rematch
February 6, 2021
Belle Vernon point guard Devin Whitlock is short in height, quick with the basketball and confident against a trapping defense.

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Quaker Valley’s Bailey Garbee scores against Blackhawk on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Quaker Valley High School. Garbee scored 21 points in the Quakers’ 74-53 victory.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 7, 2021
Class 6A

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora scores on a break-away layup against Springdale on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at OLSH High School.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Feb. 6, 2021
Class 6A

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Valley’s Justin Hooper and Burrell’s Alex Ariedge watch as referee John Skovran flips a coin before the start of their game Sept. 11, 2020 at Valley.
Football officials organize free online clinic to recruit more colleagues
February 4, 2021
If someone’s on the fence about becoming a high school football official, there’s an online clinic Saturday designed just for them.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins battles Norwin’s Jayden Walker for a rebound during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Blackhawk transfer Lorenzo Jenkins ineligible for playoffs after WPIAL hearing
The WPIAL denied a postseason waiver request from Blackhawk transfer Lorenzo Jenkins, leaving him ineligible for the basketball playoffs this winter and for football playoffs next fall.

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North Allegheny celebrates after beating Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game at Petersen Events Center on Feb. 29, 2020.
WPIAL will use high school venues for basketball, swimming championships
The WPIAL plans to use high school venues this winter for its basketball and swimming championships rather than Pitt’s facilities.

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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons (50) tackles Wyomissing Area’s Amory Thompson for a loss during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Western Pa.’s top 10 football prospects for the Class of 2022
February 3, 2021
The WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League saw almost a dozen football recruits from their 2021 class sign with Power 5 schools this winter. The ‘22 class will need some help in the coming months to match that number.

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Sto-Rox’s Corey Simmons scores past Carlynton’s Collin Connor during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Sto-Rox High School.
Sto-Rox scores 20 consecutive 2nd-half points in section win over Carlynton
February 2, 2021
The halftime clock had almost reached zeroes before Sto-Rox emerged from the boys basketball locker room. Coach Dwight Hines later laughed at the suggestion he was in there delivering the best motivational speech of his life.

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Penn Hills’ Eddie Daniels takes a shot, as Mt. Lebanon’s Michael Pfeuffer defends during their game on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Opt-in window opens for basketball teams wanting to enter WPIAL playoffs
February 1, 2021
The WPIAL wants to know: Is your basketball team in or out?

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North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman (right) battles Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple for possession Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 31, 2021
January 30, 2021
Class 6A

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OLSH’s Mark Pola and Springdale’s Ben Myford fight for a rebound Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2012 at Donald G. McGhee Fieldhouse.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending Jan. 31, 2021
Class 6A

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North Allegheny’s Khalil Dinkins smiles after defeating North Hills in overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
North Allegheny’s Khalil Dinkins works to add snarl to his game
As a future Penn State football player, there’s no questioning Khalil Dinkins’ athleticism. But his basketball coach has told him there’s one flaw in his game: He’s too nice.

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